Tesla Supplier Looks To Invest $5B On EV Batteries, Supply Chain Software

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  • Tesla Inc TSLA battery supplier Panasonic Corp PCRFY PCRFF looked to invest ¥600 billion ($4.9 billion) in automotive batteries, supply chain software, and other areas it considered core to its growth. 
  • Panasonic looked to invest ¥400 billion in growth segments, including electric-vehicle cells, and another 200 billion yen in hydrogen device technology over three years through fiscal 2024. Panasonic targeted an accumulated operating profit of ¥1.5 trillion over the period.
  • Panasonic weighed a site for a U.S. factory where it looked to build next-generation batteries for Tesla and other automakers.
  • Panasonic also saw opportunities in supply-chain software, acquiring Blue Yonder, which made supply-chain management tools and used artificial intelligence to predict product demand. 
  • Price Action: TSLA shares traded higher by 0.77% at $1,085.90 in the premarket on the last check Friday.
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