Hmm, the week was pretty quiet and apart from the wonderful rescue of the Saab Museum there was no breaking news. But it won't stay that way. A delegation from Investor Youngman arrives in Sweden on Monday. Like Brightwell, the Chinese want to present their offer. Excitement is guaranteed, the bidding race opens, and finally something more movement comes into the scene. Today we have three locations that are worth reporting on. Trollhättan, Nyköping, Frankfurt. Let's start with Trollhättan.
Saab blogger legend Steven Wade spent several days in Sweden, visiting good friends and leaving his job at the Saab factory. In an interview with the local newspaper yesterday, he said that he had given up hope for Saab. A statement that he put into perspective later on his blog. For his own person, he sees no possibility at Saab, he clarified. This then became a misleading headline in the local newspaper.
His assessment is understandable, because I think he also has the blues. It's not even a year since he started his work at Saab. Dreams that came true for a short time and yet broke again.
At the same time practiced Steven in his interview and criticism of the Swedish conditions. In Australia, such a development as we experienced in Sweden with Saab would have been unimaginable. Not only in Australia, but also in Germany, dear Swade.
In Trollhättan itself still ruled Saab tourism. This week again the delegation of a possible investor visited the plant. Who is behind the mysterious delegation, where it came from, we do not know. Even good friends can not say more. Sometimes Sweden is too far away and the bankruptcy trustees are silent.
Continue to Nyköping. Somehow the circle closes, because in Nyköping was in the pre-GM era, the Saab headquarters. Now the best minds of the car maker move from Trollhättan to Nyköping, where new structures are formed under the mantle of Saab Parts AB. It is an interesting, high caliber circle of international Saab managers who work for the brand with great strength and enthusiasm.
Sometimes it's a great opportunity to start over at almost zero after a disaster has been overcome. Only the right people need to be in the right place at the right time. In Nyköping, near Saab this seems to be true. Maybe it's the beginning of something new.
Finally, a look to Frankfurt. As in Nyköping, a Saab crew in Frankfurt is also busy reorganizing the brand. With the bankruptcy of the Saab dealer contracts are invalid and here we start at the bottom with the rebuilding. Meanwhile, we are a good deal further, the dealers were offered new, temporarily temporary contracts. From what I hear from unofficial channels, the number of dealers keeping loyalty to Saab is sensational. Well over 90% of Saab partners and service companies are back on board. That's more than good news.
Of course that is not. The fact that in Germany the team of Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher bring a lot of personal commitment to move big things with a small team deserves our respect. Because in this very difficult situation, one could have completed the offices and could go home. That was not done. For, just as we attach our heart to the brand, so are the remaining German employees associated with Saab.
During the month of February, I hope, there will be a new Saab partner list for Germany. Once Saab and this provides, we will publish it as a guide for all Saab drivers on the blog.
Things are happening, behind the scenes and next month will be really exciting. The direction is right.
And we have not given up hope for Saab yet.