Post also came from Sweden. The Saab Car Museum invites you to the first annual meeting of the "Saab Car Museum Support Association" on October 25th. Mark and I were already participants in the founding event this summer, and now it's going on, the supporters are forming. We briefly considered getting on the plane to Gothenburg, but since neither of us really has time, the event will take place without Mark and me.
The Bilmuseum is in safe hands, and the cooperation with Saab AB is also going very well. Classic Saab are now in the museum of the Royal Air Force, while Trollhättan receives aircraft for it. But even if the inventory is secure, the urgently needed financial resources for restorations and personnel are lacking. Mark and I will be back in Trollhättan by spring at the latest. If we still write on the blog by then, what would be possible, but not mandatory, because other "social media projects" are pounding on my door, we will first beg the Saab community for donations for the historical collection.
And what's up with NEVS?
If you expect big news from the Saab factory, I have to disappoint you today. There is good news, if at all, only in small, homeopathic doses. Because since “National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB” moved into Saabvägen, there has been a great silence about the plant. At the Saabsunited Oktoberfest this weekend, the investor's press staff will be guests, maybe something relevant will come from Sweden. Probably not.
It became known that NEVS has rented the former Saab "panel factory", which manufactures equipment parts for the Saab 9-3 and which is owned by the municipal real estate company Trollhättan Tomt AB. The part of the plant must be particularly relevant for the future, because the bankruptcy trustees had already rented it, and NEVS joined as a new tenant on September 1st. Angry tongues in Trollhättan mean that the medium-sized hall of the “panel factories” would be fully sufficient for the NEVS plans for the next few years. You could then do without the Saab complex in the Stallbacka.
What else is going on in Trollhättan?
The former Saab employees currently have other worries. The supply industry in Sweden, where many have come, is cutting jobs. Similarly, Volvo Aero, located in the immediate vicinity of the plant and now in new hands, where the first terminations run. We do not even want to talk about the Volvo plant in Torslanda! By the end of the year, many former Saab employees will be standing where they were a year ago. Before the employment offices.
After all, the direct bus from Trollhättan to the Volvo plant will continue. The project subsidized by the municipality and the region would have been on 9. December should end. The question arises why actually. Did anyone in Trollhättan hope to see a running car production in December? Maybe, because at least for a while it looked like that.
With the elimination of the bus connection, the commuters would then have to change to the train, which has new offers to Gothenburg, but the journey time would have been longer. Paul Akerlund, mayor of Trollhättan, has been engaged in strong protests for an extension and has been successful. At least good news for the ex-Saabians.