Did Tata bid for Saab or did not Tata bid for Saab? Last night, the message went through the Indian media and today, at my very early start to the south, the mailbox was full of Tata messages. The Indian company would easily fit Saab, or vice versa. The classic Saab models 900 and 9000 always had something wonderful British anyway. The cult brand from Sweden could round off the Jaguar range down.
But probably the desire father of my thoughts, because Tata has the construction site Land Rover / Jaguar, where billions of investments flow. Yet another construction site could quickly overwhelm resources, and so came a clear denial from India during the day.
In this situation alone denials do not say much, and we should not lose sight of Tata. Because, as I said, in the current range of Indians Saab would happen to damn well. Nobody can say whether and what is going on, because in Stockholm, no message goes outside unchecked. The bankruptcy trustees had the weekly press show today, and as expected, there was not really much new. Saab as a complete group with the profitable Saab Parts AB is to be sold in one piece. Thoughtful makes a statement of the administrators. The Saab sale should be completed in the spring. Spring. Hmm. Is not it more concrete?
How do Swedes define spring? Bankruptcy proceedings are scheduled for 16. April, which corresponds to the spring in my latitudes. But in Stockholm there is almost winter. Well, I also saw running around in the T-shirt in March in the capital Sweden or driving in an open convertible. Maybe every temperature is above freezing spring.
The investor from China, Youngman, is really active and hard to stop. After visiting all suppliers, the Chinese charm offensive hits the politicians in Sweden with full force. Stefan Löfven, former chairman of IF Metal and now head of the opposition Social Democrats, was visited today by the Youngman delegation. There was also a conversation with State Secretary Hans Lindblad.
One may think of the Youngman plans as one wants. The plan to build China cars in Sweden shocked me yesterday. Today, I see the idea as totally unrealistic, because these cars will not be cost-covering in 90 years Japan design with technology from yesterday in the high-wage country Sweden. Apart from this point, one goes consistently to the realization of his ideas and establishes its own network in politics and business. Apparently, one is already sure about Youngman. But maybe one is happy too soon, because nothing is decided yet.
I would like to add a message from Sweden. Saab Parts AB has taken over 50 employees of Saab Automobile AB, which now takes care of the technical infrastructure for dealerships in Trollhättan. In England, Parts AB now has its own subsidiary to secure the supply of spare parts on the island. The message is not new and was so some time ago on the blog.
In addition, the following is added. In the meantime, Saab Parts AB has taken over employees of Automobile AB in almost all markets, including here in Germany, who secure our spare parts supply. Saab Country Director Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher and his team are active in the German market and Stefan Mladek is responsible for Austria. The future has already begun in the area of Saab Parts AB. I think, soon we will see the first new activities in the markets.
The Saab structures are intact, and we're just waiting for the right buyer. Whatever country our investor will come from is unclear, we all have our personal favorites. Anyway. It remains exciting.