I really hope that's not the next tier. That's an insane amount of items. Even with my factory running smoothly at tier 6 this would take probably over a day to complete. That's a lot of waiting or handcrafting to try to get all those materials. I don't want this game to turn into a grind-fest. Those tend to be aggravating for a lot of people and ultimately will end with people not playing (personal opinion there, I would quit if all I was doing was grinding for over a day for materials to feed to the space elevator. I hope that if it is what's required, they give us enough to do while waiting for our machines to craft those high amounts).