Plan B for Trollhättan.
Victor Muller was legendary for his plan B. Muller is history. The current plan B for Trollhättan comes from the Fourier transform. If it is not possible for the administrators to find a complete solution for Saab, then the state will intervene. The Innovatum and (Saab) Combitech are already operating LeanNova, a development and engineering company with former Saab employees. Also in Vicura, a Saab spin-off in the field of drive technology, Fourier transform has meanwhile entered.
Fourier Transform CEO Per Nordberg announced his interest in the Saab prototype workshop, infotainment development and test laboratories over the weekend. On Friday one had already expressed interest in the manufacturing facilities. One has not made an offer to the administrators, but is watching the situation very closely and is in permanent coordination with the administrators.
Per Nordberg is thus in position against all investors who want to break down factories and build in China new. Noteworthy for our restrained Swedes, who always want to live in consensus. Volvo has submitted ambitions and a corresponding offer. Volvo acts against national interests and currently sits between the chairs. In China, the car manufacturer from Gothenburg is traded as a foreign company. In Sweden, the Chinese Volvo owners are acting against Swedish interests. No nice situation!
If Per Nordberg pursues its plan further, then in the end the Swedish state has united the complete Saab authority. The Saab spare parts supply in Nyköping is already being influenced by the state, now the development and production facilities are added. Swedish knowledge should not migrate to other countries.
Still it is a plan B, still everything seems to indicate a complete sale. It is first and foremost a strong political signal and a warning to all who want to exploit the Saab legacy. But there are also interesting possibilities that suddenly appear in Trollhättan. Maybe you should think ahead, think about what motivation could be behind it. Because suddenly the Swedish state would be able to develop and produce innovative cars, which it does not want in the long run or in the medium term. A new beginning for Trollhättan?
Welcome to Reality - Part I
Saab has not had it easy in the last few years. Any other brand would not have survived the last decade. Saab has at least the 9 life of a cat. Saab is a rough diamond, which should be carefully cut. Under GM rule, the Swedish cult brand was consistently neglected. The owners from the Netherlands put it one step further. Tortured the mark by every possible negative headline. That has left its mark. Since 2001, the brand value is steadily declining, says an ALG study. A surprise is not, for the Saab comeback it takes a long breath.
Studies and statistics are one side. Life has its own truths. Saab is extremely alive and has a great following!
Welcome to Reality - Part II
Hamburg is on the Elbe and has a large, loyal Saab community. Frankfurt is located on the Main and is slowly but rapidly catching up in terms of Saab. A Saab meeting was announced in the main metropolis on Friday, and around 20 participants came. Saab fans from northern Hesse, northern Bavaria and from the Mainz area met to talk about classic and current Swedish cars. The “hard core” from Frankfurt weakened somewhat, but there were new participants.
Wolfgang had organized a small Saab boutique, for the participants there were fan articles at special prices.
The current topic on Friday was the unresolved fate of the Saab-Zentrum Frankfurt and the Saab workshops in the region. The future of the dealership in Fechenheim is still uncertain. The clock is ticking fast and loud, an investor would be ready to board, but there are no clear signals. Different economic interests of those involved do not make it any easier. In the worst case, the gates close at the 31.03. forever.
It would be more than a pity, not just for the staff. Because in the greater Frankfurt area there is a large Saab community that deserves a competent base. But maybe there will come a solution, I would be happy.
The activities of the community are diverse. A visit to the International Saab meeting in Spa is on the plan, a joint Spessart exit in early summer is one of the next activities.
As always, my thanks go to Wolfgang, who organizes the monthly meeting, and also to Ralf, who is more and more involved. It doesn't work without them! The round only broke up shortly after midnight. That speaks for a successful event!
The next Frankfurt Saab meeting will take place at the end of March. We are looking forward to it!