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.
Source: Saab Automobile AB