The conference is currently taking place in front of the factory gates in Stallbacka. Kai Johan Jiang, the new major shareholder, speaks to the press. He tells how he came from China to Sweden before 23 years ago. His mission is in Sweden electric cars. powered by green electricity. He thanks his supporter Karl Erling-Trogen, who supported him at Volvo.
Now Matthias Bergman presents the business plan of NEVS. He speaks of the vision of forming a world leader in electromobility. Saab should become a leader in electrical engineering. The current solutions are not sustainable, but together with Saab one will develop a sustainable solution.
NEVS has no interest in Saab 9-5 or 9-4x. The reason is GM. There are no new licenses for NEVS to build these cars. The current interest is focused on the Saab 9-3. The Saab factory in Trollhättan is a top class and representatives of Toyota, which the factory was shown were impressed.
NEVS has not acquired the rights to the Saab 9-5 and 9-4x, but the rights to the Saab 9-3 have been acquired by NEVS. Saab Parts AB was not bought, but there is an agreement between the two companies that makes all parties happy. Today, no statement will be made about the purchase price.
The first product of the new company will be a Saab 9-3 with enhanced e-Power technology. The Saab Phoenix platform will be further developed. Now he starts through the National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd. to report, which was founded by Kai Johan Jian 2004. The company has 7000 employees and a turnover of 13 billion crowns (?) A year.
Also on board is Sun Invest LLC with a share of 49%. For investments, he emphasizes, you do not need permits from China. The production of the first cars will start at the end of the year 2013 or at the beginning of the year 2014. Now it's about recruiting qualified staff.
Now the former Volvo man Karl-Erling Trogen speaks. He looks forward to the challenge of building electromobility in Trollhättan and will start recruiting and creating structures. Chinese and Japanese consulting teams will work with local engineers. It will be hard work, but we are going to a future without fossil energy.
Now speaks Paul Akerlund, the mayor of the municipality. He fumbles and says it's a good day for Trollhättan. Saab is resurrected and it was a hard journey with hard work. But now it is a day of joy and we are back.
Now, reporters ask:
Waldemar Lönroth from TTELA asks about the use of trademark rights. The answer is still not really clear, but negotiations are underway. Oops, I really understood that ...
The news agency TT asks for new hires. It will probably be a couple of 100 employees at the beginning. Engineers, technicians and administrators.
How many employees will 2014 / 15 work here? There is no prognosis for this.
Is the focus on electric cars or more on hybrid? Clearly on electric cars ...
What about funding? Financing and cash flow are secured in the long term ...
Now an important question, the Saab real estate.
Will Hemfosa (the real estate consortium) own the property? No, we will buy the complete property.
Valdemar Lönroth of the TTELA again asks about the trademark rights, rightly so, but receives only an evasive answer from Trogen. Negotiations with SAAB AB and SCANIA continue.
Victor Muller and the entire management supported the administrators and the buyers during the process.
When will we see staff on the tapes? Recruitment of employees has already begun. We are now filling the key positions and adjusting the process so that the tapes will run in 18 months.
The press conference is over now and I think we should let what was said work for now ...
In addition a personal word: Thanks to all readers and Saab fans who have accompanied us, the brand and the blog, the last months through the crisis you are fantastic!