One of Tesla’s key suppliers is preparing to set up shop in North America. In a recent statement, AU Optronics, which supplies car displays for companies like Tesla, noted on Tuesday that it would “definitely build or help build a plant in North America.
The initiative is spurred by clients’ push for more localized production and lower shipping and logistics costs. Speaking with reporters during the Smart City and IoT Expo opening in Taipei, AUO Chairman Paul Peng remarked that the North American plant would likely be built in the United States or Mexico.
“There will definitely be (production capacity) in North America, and it’s likely to be built in the US or in Mexico. We are in discussion about the location,” he said as per a report from Nikkei.
AUO supplies displays for automakers like Tesla, Ford, Toyota, and BMW. The company is also the world’s second-largest notebook display supplier, boasting clients such as Apple, Dell, and HP. The company is headquartered in Taiwan and operates numerous production sites in Asia, such as Xiamen and Suzhou.