Saab News: Automobile industry in Sweden

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.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

7 thoughts on "Saab News: Automobile industry in Sweden"

  • Just such a theory and without the intention of blackmailing (I don't want to be "trolled"): It is quite possible that the Swedish government has no interest at all in helping SAAB because, on the other hand, there is no trust at all in the current one SAAB management has. Without the belief in the chance of a "return on investments", no tax money will be made available to rescue SAAb anytime soon.

    • But what about the counter-calculation: what does it cost the state - and that for a longer period of time - if SAAB does not make it and pulls some others into the abyss? Certainly one cannot ignore the side effects: how will a (local) higher unemployment affect the general mood (depression)? How will this affect buying behavior? What happens to the possible migration of skilled workers to other regions? Can't you ignore all of that?

      I'm not a fan of subsidies, but as far as I understand, the government is just too cross. That's incomprehensible to me. Clearly there is a lack of signals that show a certain solidarity. It's not about having great cars built on (at least not primarily), it's all about many people who are directly affected by it. In the worst case, we could switch to another brand and our lives would go on anyway.

      • For me, the attitude or disinterest of the government is also incomprehensible.
        There are a lot of bad news about Saab today, including a possible restructuring of the company, which could offer a chance for a fresh start. Perhaps SAAB would then be more attractive to the government for investment.

  • The currently The current Swedish government doesn't really deserve that SAAB enthusiasts around the world are fighting for the preservation of the brand. Moving something here (as in other European administrations and especially in the American administration with regard to the auto industry) would actually have been the task of Reinfeldt, Olofsson etc. - you are welcome to submit it later!

    The previously visible lack of interest among the people mentioned is above all more than questionable with regard to the people in the region around Trollhättan - although of course there are also people in the population who miss everything ... ... We have them in Germany too.

    The lethargy of the Swedish politicians is unfortunately no longer "borderline" - there is simply a lack of perspective and a sense of responsibility (if you weren't a SAAB fan yourself, you would almost be the collapse of the region as a "teacher" for 0815 politicians greet).

    Nevertheless, let us hope for support from the "intellectual elite" and of course continue to work to ensure that there is no collapse!

    Regards
    Julie

  • The Swedish government at least gets a chance to get the receipt for its behavior for better or for worse. And that it is not that easy to just make a service instead of Sweden! I'm not an economist and not a political scientist either, but it should slowly become clear to everyone that all branches of the economy are closely interlinked ... and are interdependent and that a breakdown of SAAB will have a significant impact on the general well-being of the state.

    Incidentally, I am optimistic that (I am referring to another post here) the engineers will not overflow to Volvo. I think this is not just about loyalty - in the end everyone is usually closest to himself. After all, many certainly have families to support and / or other obligations. If offers are rejected here, then there are certainly many (good?) Reasons.

    • I apologize to all blog participants for my sloppy written comment. That does not have to be. Sorry!

      • Hey HP. Sloppily written comments are "trolled". 🙂 🙂 🙂 Have a nice weekend ... Tom

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