Saab production stop: Voices from Sweden on the topic

Production break at Saab. Photo: Bengt Nilsson
Production break at Saab. Photo: Bengt Nilsson

Production in Trollhättan is paused and Saab owner Spyker is militantly optimistic. Victor Muller promises that this time it will only be days, not weeks. Apparently, people in Sweden are hoping for quick, additional money from the sale of the real estate, although they recently secured several million in liquidity.

Nevertheless, the production stop is justified with the tight liquidity and with supply problems. It is not known which supplier is causing these problems. Marcus Nymann, the CEO of the IAC Group supplier, is also amazed that the production was stopped so quickly. He says "that he doesn't think it would be due to one of the just-in-time suppliers." He is aware of what he says "heroic efforts" Saab has made to start production again.

"I have my doubts that you can do it again," he told the local press, referring to a new start of production that he doubts. IAC has 50 temporary workers with fixed-term contracts that depend on Saab and whose jobs are now on the brink. "I wonder if you were so naive about starting production without negotiating contracts with major suppliers," Nyman added.

Presumably it is a foreign (not Swedish) supplier who is responsible for the production break, one hears from the side of the Swedish supplier association. Saab built 700 cars in the few days of production, a very, very small number.

The current order backlog is stated at almost 10.000 Saab, which would have been an additional order intake of 14 cars in the last, almost 1.900 days. Not bad, that's almost 1000 orders a week - at a time when the company isn't making the best headlines.

Saab is currently building the right cars - and the cars are good. The product is right, otherwise buyers around the world would not order. But what does an ON-OFF production and chronically empty cash registers bring?

Text: tom@saabblog.net