The ongoing uncertainty about the Saab future in Sweden has ramifications for the country's entire auto industry. Saab may be small, for some suppliers the 20 - 30% of their turnover with Trollhättan was an important argument to keep the location Sweden with high wages and taxes.
Svenake Berglie, the head of the Swedish suppliers' association, sees serious consequences. Due to the crisis of our car manufacturer almost 1000 employees of the suppliers have lost the position. Worse, Berglie has information that international suppliers are questioning Swedish manufacturing facilities. As a rule, there are smaller offshoots of large corporations, which is no longer profitable, if only Volvo.
Berglie therefore sees the entire industrial cluster struck. Open words that he can afford because he will retire in September. For Sweden, now in the downturn, it could be painful if one or the other supplier relocates its production. Because, as I have been writing for months, the jobs are gone - they won't come back. At least not to Northern Europe.
It will also be more expensive for Volvo if suppliers no longer sit in Västragötland but in Romania. Why the government does not support Saab until new investors and jobs are risked, the wisdom of the administration in Stockholm remains hidden to me.
One thing is clear. In Trollhättan the lights go out, which we do not hope for and where we actively oppose it, then there will be considerably more unemployed people in Sweden than the intended 10.000.
Hey, Ms. Oloffsson, the time has come. Invest in the future. Thank you.