After the situation has calmed down a bit, back to the really important Saab things. The municipality in Trollhättan rehearsed in the course of the Swedish crime thriller around our carmaker quite a few scenarios to support the job-seeking residents.
Contrary to all forecasts, very few Saab employees have registered as jobseekers. That, even though 6 months the production stands. The employees expect a good exit in Trollhättan, according to the local TTELA.
In contrast to the engineers, where there is a trend towards emigration, it is the production staff who are loyal to the employer. For Saab that's good, because without well-trained and experienced employees in production no good cars run off the line.
But, now comes the famous “But”. The rationalization and streamlining plan is in full swing and will be completed by the end of the month. The surplus of personnel in production is obvious and it will also hit manufacturing employees in addition to jobs in administration.
From China, the funds now seem to be piecemeal on the way to Sweden. Youngman seems to be keeping the commitments and Saab seems to be able to continue with the reconstruction even after the end of the wage guarantee. These are, very carefully, good signals.
A thing in Trollhättan but brings me on the palm. It is Hans Ryberg, the boss of Kronofogden in Uddevalla. He wants to spoil my mood on this beautiful, sunny autumn day and speaks, again, of a compulsory auction of the Saab collection. He already has 50 to 60 prospects and claims over 2.5 million. If the reconstruction is over, he wants to strike again.
Does the man make friends? No, he does not and he fueled a discussion that is unnecessary like the goiter and that produces only negative scraps. If the reconstruction succeeds and goes according to plan, then the claims are served to 100% and the museum is saved.
Not so good are the signals from Germany. The old topic is the traders who disembark. Unfortunately more and more sadly their Saab shield is screwing off. That's tough and I do not dare to forecast how many dealers we'll see on our list by the end of the year. I still have the hope that the trend will turn at the last minute, but currently it does not look that way.
In our house are some signs of past crises. Fortunately, our home is not up to standard and there is enough space. So stands with us a Saab Scania neon sign, from the time of GM acquisition of Saab. At that time many small Saab dealers were disposed of in favor of Opel factories. The ad came to me from one of the very old Saab dealers.
Then there is a Saab dealer column in the current version, which went overboard in the last Saab crisis at a Saab partner from Hesse.
Next week, a Saab neon sign will be added, which was unscrewed before 14 days in southern Germany. That's kind of sad and shows the drama about Saab.
No reason for us to poke our heads in the sand. If the Saab production starts again and the future is secured, then there will be new dealers and a new perspective. Old things disappear and new things come. Example Land Rover / Jaguar. After getting out of the grip of Ford and finding good, responsible owners, things are moving towards the future.
Jaguar has been poorly represented in my homeland so far, an old, miserable car dealership blew the sails off years ago, so they have now found a new dealer, which sold previously used, high-priced Mercedes and Porsche. The dealer, in a prime position and financially strong, is now really on the gas.
So it could go Saab, 2012 or 2013, with new models and new owners. The future is open when Sweden acts more cautiously and responsibly in the future.
Small, uncertain steps have already been taken during this week. Now is time to re-learn how to run.