Yesterday we had a gray November day in Trollhättan, today our Saab day was so jet black. If we review the news, then we could fall into the November Depression. But not only.
In Sweden there is a "trust barometer", there called the Förtroendebarometer. This shows the Swedes' trust in the respective companies that are owned by foreigners. Volvo has a confidence index of 58%, Saab only 11%. 10 years ago Saab was 53%. Geez.
In Trollhättan ANA, formerly the largest Saab dealer in the world, dismisses more 22 employees. A direct impact of the Saab crisis, as ANA has been servicing the Saab company fleet. It got worse today.
Saab UK takes refuge in the protection of creditors. The independent Ltd. employs 55 employees as Saab importer and 65 employees again in Saab City dealership. Saab UK has good sales figures and got packed again with Saabs before the end of production. Eventually, but the air goes out, the current payment from China was too much.
What else happened?
Victor Muller. He has, some will moan, a plan B. Yes, again. Today he communicated with Dagens Industri via text message. He knows little about the progress of the negotiations in China and the US, but he thought he had an alternative. Whether Muller does a favor with his statements and his SMS, I doubt it very much.
In principle, that's too much for a day. You could jump out of the window (nothing, just first floor) or start emptying a bottle with a high percentage (but it will not hurt, it will only make you headache). 😉
More important are the things that did not happen today.
The unions in Sweden are surprisingly calm. No evil press, no wild threats. That should give us reason to think. The administrator does not send a fax to Vanersborg. He does not break the reconstruction. That too is a good sign.
If Lofalk did not make sense, he would not be in Detroit. Although the negotiations seem tough and difficult, at least they talk to each other.
Interesting are (maybe) things that will happen.
Now we're back at Victor Muller. After being more or less invisible for months, he is a guest on the television program on Friday Skavlan. There he will talk about his tough fight for Saab. Anyone who knows Muller knows that he only registers there if he has something to say. Muller is a media person, he uses the media and he plays with them. Sometimes that went wrong in the past. What will Muller's message be on Friday?
By the way, “Radio Stockholm”, my Swedish friend who has been following the blog for months, is still cautiously optimistic and sees opportunities for a good outcome.
I am too. Tomorrow is a new day. We will see.