After the Saab bankruptcy in December, it was our concern that the Saab competencies could quickly disappear into all parts of the world. Now, after three months, it shows that our concern was unfounded. Sure, some engineers and executives have switched to other car companies, or are about to. But a large part of the employees remain true to the location.
Whether it is in the region Trollhättan, the family ties or whether the state support play a major role is difficult to judge from Germany. Maybe the loyalty to the brand with the griffin plays a small role. The Innovatum in Trollhättan reported good news over the weekend. Dozens of companies, all with Saab background, are in the foundation. One does not want to give any details to the outside, but a few names have already been mentioned.
Developer of the infotainment department, involved in the emergence of the revolutionary Saab IQON Systems, start your own business in Trollhättan. A Saab test fleet with the modular system was in use for months in Sweden. The new system, which can keep the car up to date over an entire car life, should have celebrated 2012's debut at the end of the year in the Saab 9-3 successor. The system would have been groundbreaking. Other manufacturers are planning similar solutions, but less revolutionary.
Employees in the "Electronic Integration" department who develop test systems for vehicle development are also starting a new career at Innovatum.
The former employees of the Saab Performance Team and test engineers are also on their way to self-employment. Both groups want to offer their knowledge worldwide. In an interview with the local newspaper, they said that “... will be traveling a lot ...” emerging economies in Asia and car manufacturers in India are the target group. Martin Larsson, who acted as the successor to Victor Muller a few months ago, founded his own company weeks ago which offers engineering services. Other employees have found a new job on site at the Saab AB subsidiary Combitech.
Together with the activities of the state Fourier transformation, which wants to take over the Saab prototype workshop and tank development, Trollhättan has a lot of Saab competence.
The company founders are realistically seeing the current opportunities for start-ups outside of Trollhättan and Sweden. But that could change soon. With every new company, the location becomes even more interesting for every investor.
Competencies in the automotive industry are increasingly being purchased externally. Any Saab buyer looking to start production and development in Sweden is in a prime situation. The best engineers are on site and wait in principle only for the starting shot.
With state support and the local university, well-trained auto mechanics and infrastructure improvement, Trollhättan is probably the most interesting location in Europe to have. Eastern Europe may offer cheaper labor costs, in the overall package Trollhättan is unbeatable.
Gothenburg and the airport are not far and easy to reach. Whoever will be called as a buyer in the next few weeks, has made a good decision!