It's not easy to handle the flood of information collapsing on my mailbox and the Swedish media. Because today is another day when blogging is not much fun. Once again, the events focus on Saab's information policy.
The suppliers of our car brand are increasingly frustrated by the lack of information from Trollhättan. There the situation becomes more and more precarious. Allegedly, Saab pays money to some suppliers, but nothing to others. A situation that I can not imagine. But these things are boiled up in the press, and bad news just sells well. Svenake Berglie, head of the Swedish suppliers, tries to smooth the waves. He does not believe that Saab prefers some suppliers, but leaves others in the rain. He is also fully aware that no information can leak out during ongoing negotiations.
Saab has gained some time in negotiations with its supplier from Spain. The Matrici S. Coop grants the manufacturer a period of 10 days. Then the bills should be paid or another arrangement can be found. This was reported by the selection of the company, the broadcaster TV4 Väst.
In principle, it is very gloomy today in Trollhättan. Because, now it's time for the savior, or at least for a big chunk of money. By now, and I do not like to write that, Saab is also in the limelight among municipal companies. Heat, water, electricity, telcommunication and so on. In addition, rent payments for industrial halls and some rooms in Innovatum are long overdue. I save myself calling sums. If you want to know, google and find.
The municipal utilities say they will neither turn the tap on Saab nor be the “nail on the coffin”, but that is not a solution.
Then there is Lars Holmquist, the Clepa President, who says "Even if Saab pays the bills now, there is no chance to start production". The suppliers want to see permanent stability. In addition, a credible concept. That is clear.
Which brings us to the employees, some of whom have since migrated to new employers. The workers arrive at the factory on 22 August. The friends of Saabsunited have already written this yesterday, unfortunately it will be on the 22. just go for new information. As it does not look like a production start.
Well, of course there is always a small light in the biggest darkness. Hey, in our case, there are even two.
Paul Akerlund, the mayor of the municipality, sees hope. He was briefed by Victor Muller on the latest plans and sees a solution. Akerlund says what he thinks and is quite open. He had also criticized Muller hard lately. I think his statement is credible.
The other good news is an active A-pillar that Saab developed together with Autoliv. RedJ, German blogger at Saabsunited, has written a good article about it. The strengths of Saab in new, innovative solutions are now the argument that can guarantee the survival of the brand.
Saab is not Rover. Rover was not very flexible and the only idea that had the management of the British was to convert an average sedan to rear-wheel drive and V8. Ok, but the Rover 75 had the most beautiful dashboard in the world.
Saab has good ideas and new products in the pipeline. The best fan community in the world. I write this so that we don't stick our heads in the sand with all the bad news. A lot is asked of us fans - but we continue to drive our Swedish cars with pride.