The caste of politicians is the same everywhere in Europe. The two Swedish ministers, Annie Lööf and Hillevi Engström, visited Saab today to gain some insight. In your speech to people who hope for support, unfortunately nothing came to light, but nothing useful at all.
Saab employees describe the appearance as “disaster” or “chaos”. No help for the carmaker, no immediate help for employees who are empty before Christmas. A trip from Stockholm to Trollhättan at the expense of the Swedish taxpayer. Bravo!
More interesting than the speech of the two ladies should be the question of how it goes with Trollhättan. Saab is in bankruptcy, unemployment should now be between 20 and 25%. There are interested people for Saab, the number 5 seems to be real. My friend in Stockholm has identified as possible buyers two companies from the Far East, one from Central Europe (!), A prospective customer from Scandinavia and the aforementioned company from Turkey. He can not and does not say more, and I know nothing more than what he told me. However, I could imagine that more than five possible buyers appear.
To have a chance of getting Saab back on the market, the odds are so low, buyers would have to be quick now. Saab's structures in Sweden and around the world are now decaying at a rapid rate, leaving the company as such behind. So, please pace, because Saab is a special offer.
If I were on the board of a Western European car brand, I would buy Saab from a purely strategic point of view. Because with the acquisition of the car manufacturer from Trollhättan the Chinese would have for the first time a strategic bridgehead in the middle of Europe. A functioning, highly productive factory and the best engineers in Scandinavia.
But the eager readers from the car companies do not ask me, so we have to wait.
Saab fan and loyal reader Alexandros posted an interesting link on who "killed" Saab. Definitely worth reading, so here's Christmas reading again, even if I would have liked a different topic. Thanks to Alexandros to southern Bavaria!
In the last 24 hours, many emails were received, which I will answer over the Christmas holidays. It was often about how we can help Saab and also what will happen to the blog in the future, was an issue.
For the future of the blog, I'm a bit baffled, I admit. He will not disappear in the next few days, that's clear. But whether he will remain a medium for the Saab community and the remaining service companies, if Saab does not make the way back, that's not sure yet.
The coming Christmas holidays will certainly bring more clarity to me. Ideas and opinions from readers are welcome in every way!