The disruptor at the gates: Elon Musk in Germany

His new factory there may create much-needed jobs, but his move catches a town - and German carmarkers - asleep at the wheel

Elon Musk is notorious for his impatience and "rage firings", and takes no prisoners if his expectations are not met. PHOTO: AFP
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BERLIN • Every time Elon Musk flies in from his base of California to Germany to inspect his new factory being built at Grunheide, 35km south-east of the capital of Berlin, the sleepy town jumps awake.

The chief executive of electric car manufacturer Tesla usually comes at short notice. His private jet touches down at a nearby airport, and he is chauffeured to the construction site in no time.

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