Saab News Sweden: Start of production - press release

Yesterday there was already speculation about a postponement of the start of production at Saab. And once again our Swedish sources had the right tip. Hmm Saab owner "Swedish Automobile NV" has now confirmed this.

Production start is now at the earliest in KW 35. Here is the press release:

Zeewolde, The Netherlands - Swedish Automobile NV (Swan) announces that Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) continues discussions with its supplier base on material supply and delivery terms in order to be able to resume production at its Trollhättan plant. Swan and Saab Automobile continue their discussions with parties to obtain further short-term funding to be able to restart and sustain production. As delivery of all parts needed to secure a production start is not yet agreed Production will not resume on August 9 as intended and will be postponed until a full commitment on delivery plans can be secured.

Gunnar Brunius, Vice President of Production and Purchasing said: "I am positive about the progress we made on the payment terms with our suppliers and it is good to see that we all want to make it work. What we need now is a full commitment on supply of parts into our factory to be able to restart production and secure a stable manufacturing operation. We are now working hard with our suppliers to nail down these plans, commit to a delivery schedule and start building the close to 11,000 cars that we currently have in our order books. The industry-wide summer break at our suppliers caused certain key suppliers not to be able to supply us in time. Saab Automobile hopes to restart production earliest in week 35 provided that it is able to commit to a delivery schedule with its suppliers. "

The explanation is logical and understandable, because until mid-August, the larger Swedish companies are usually on vacation. Workers in Sweden are legally entitled to a contiguous (?) Holiday from 4 weeks. Lars, if you read, is that really true? Happy Sweden.

It takes some lead time to get production started at the suppliers and to secure the supply of parts. Bitter, but true.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

Source: Saab Automobile AB

5 thoughts on "Saab News Sweden: Start of production - press release"

  • Dear SAAB fans,

    the reactions are very understandable. Hopefully the "silk thread" of the donors will not break .. !!

    Good luck and PATIENCE ...

    Greetings Markus

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    The negative headlines about SAAB never end. Certainly no company can afford it if - as with SAAB - production has now been frozen for several months. You don't earn any money without production and the running costs keep running, the financial misery is becoming more and more threatening. Can it be stopped at all?

    So far, my positive thinking has prevailed, but more and more doubts arose in me that I probably would not drive SAAB under Swedish handwriting.

    Without having a clear insight, I still know that it can never be possible to put off approximately 800-900 suppliers and to get everyone to compromise. Hand on it, it will not and cannot succeed, because here, too, one or the other supplier will have to close its doors due to non-collectible claims against SAAB. I therefore do not think that the tapes whether on 9.8. or will run in calender week 35. A sad end is nearing.

    Nevertheless many greetings Rudi

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    Frustration! I can not understand the whole thing so slowly anymore. Saab is always
    unbelievable. I believe that not one of the dates mentioned in the last months has been respected. For example, the waiting buyers, such as us, were informed only recently when the car should be delivered. Now the start of production is postponed by at least two weeks. This is the delivery period just mentioned to us (was already a range of two weeks anyway) probably obsolete.
    It is now unfortunately assumed that the approximately 11.000 vehicles will erode in order backlog. My patience (and that of my wife) is slowly coming to an end. By the way, we have not heard a single word about Saab itself (Saab Germany, Saab Sweden). Customer care and trust building looks different ....

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      Hi Cabriolet_Saab

      Actually, the whole spectacle that we are now experiencing for weeks, is understandable. It lacks the dear and necessary money in all corners, on the one hand to settle open supplier invoices and on the other to start production.

      If there were not sabblog, we would be completely in the dark. Neither SAAB Germany nor SAAB Sweden know what they owe their customers. The question arises, how long will the patient Saab freaks like it and when will the first cancellations of the orders come.

      Equally incomprehensible is the management, which is not able to tear the ship around with good order books. If I'm properly informed, there is not even a CEO at SAAB. If it is true, how can the company policy work and how is SAAB able to act?

      After all, you still have a delivery date, we can not say so far of us, although we have been waiting for our Saab convertible Aero Griffin for several months. It's definitely not fun to drive a convertible in the winter.

      still greetings
      Rudi

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    That looks really bad! Every day further liquidity is lost. Probably a new start of production without a financially strong investor is no longer possible. One gets the impression that Saab wants to save himself only over the time until the entrance of the Chinese.
    That the recording of the production could possibly be delayed by the Swedish summer holidays, was already known, as before the production start on the 9.8. was moved.

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