Tesla has signed a deal to acquire German firm Grohmann Engineering as part of efforts to achieve its target output of 500,000 cars per year by 2018. The deal will allow the electric car company access to Grohmann’s automated manufacturing knowledge, allowing it to speed up vehicle production.

Once the acquisition is finalised by early next year, Prum-based Grohmann Engineering will change its name to Tesla Grohmann Automation, and is expected to add on over 1,000 advanced engineering and skilled technician jobs in Germany over the next two years.

“Accelerating a sustainable energy future is only possible with high-volume factories. They allow us to manufacture high-quality products with economies of scale, making them more affordable and accessible to the world,” Tesla said in a statement on its official website.

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“As the machine that builds the machine, our factories are so important that we believe they will ultimately deserve an order of magnitude more attention in engineering than what they produce. At very high production volumes, the factory becomes more of a product than the product itself,” it continued.

The German factory will work with Tesla’s California and Michigan engineering facilities in producing Tesla vehicles, and will help yield improvements in the speed and quality of production, while reducing the capital expenditures required per vehicle.

According to Tesla, the company’s California factory in Fremont has increased its production rate by 400% in four years, and the imminent acquisition will help accelerate that figure further. The deal is still subject to the approval of regulators, including those in Germany.