The year is still young and in Germany as well as in Sweden the economic life does not come to full activity until the next week. For Saab, the next weeks will decide everything and in Sweden there is a lot going on.
A delegation from Youngman allegedly went yesterday from China to Stockholm and is expected to arrive in Trollhättan soon. The Chinese are still running their Saab activities, even though things have become a little quieter around Rachel Pang's team. Officially, no statement is available from Youngman on the course of the negotiations ... it seems to me that buyers from the People's Republic are somewhat on the defensive.
On the other hand, the Turkish Brightwell Holding has gone on the offensive. Zamier Ahmed, speaker of the holding, does a good job and advertises in the media for his employer. One would like to take over Saab completely, preserve the great legacy of the brand and respect the Swedish roots, so the key message of various activities yesterday.
You stand by the Trollhättan site - but you can only say to what extent you will be producing and manufacturing there in the future if you have carefully analyzed Saab's cost structure. Certain things will have to be produced differently and more cost-effectively in the future.
Zamier Ahmed criticizes Saab CEO Victor Muller. Not directly, the Brightwell speaker is too much a professional for that. He avoids this, instead brings a metaphor. Muller was not the right man because ... if you have heart problems, you have to see a cardiologist and not an orthopedic surgeon ... ”And he makes it clear: Saab has just been poorly managed lately.
Then Brightwell Holding surprised us. Yes, said Zamier Ahmed, we have experience in automotive construction. He names activities for Ford, Land Rover, and Jaguar, and he talks about shares, the Brightwell tilter holds. Since 2010 one participates in the manufacturer of electric cars. Tilter wants to deliver the first vehicles this year.
Does Brightwell get permission from GM to build cars under license? Zamier Ahmed is convinced. GM does not want competition in China, he sees a classic conflict of interest for every Chinese investor. China is not so interested in Brightwell. The first conversations Brightwell Holding with the men and ladies of the Potomac were certainly in a friendly atmosphere.
Well, no matter who the potential buyers are. Now is the time to go up a gear. The bankruptcy trustee is said to have launched the blue letters to the employees yesterday. Most of the more than 3.500 employees will soon be out of work, and it would be important to secure the best minds. That seems to be the bankruptcy trustee team as well, and unconfirmed information from Sweden says the sale, if it were successful and complete, will take place very quickly.
Also for the Saab Museum it would be time to secure it for posterity. Although more and more new advocates go in and say that the Swedish state should intervene saving. But in concrete terms, the legacy of industrial culture in Västragötland has not yet gotten any further.
Some Swedes don't seem to be clear about what is in the museum in Trollhättan. The original Saab and the complete history of the car manufacturer. And also the Saab 92, just one example among many. He is an icon for modern industrial design.
The Saab 92 and its creator Sixten Sason have made it into the most important museums in the world and into the reference book “Phaidon Design Classics”. The 999 best products from 200 years of industrial culture are listed there. An accolade for Sason and Saab!
Time for some Swedish national pride. Time for something to move ... in Trollhättan.