Somehow, the past 12 months have not been very good for Saab City. No sooner have you gained any hope than the next bad news will follow! For weeks now, it seems that the local press has picked up every little positive message to share with readers. It is now reminiscent of “whistling in the forest”.
Let's talk about the Saab investor NEVS! On Thursday Trollhättan received a visit from its Norwegian twin town Oestfold. The group of visitors was also given a look at the design of the Saab EV-1, because e-mobility is a big topic in Norway. 5000 electric cars roll on Norway's streets, with a vehicle population of 2.4 million. Electric cars are heavily subsidized in Norway and are therefore reasonably successful.
The new logo of the Saab investor was completed within a month, announced Mattias Bergman of NEVS in front of visitors and local press, and a day later, on Friday, was the news in the newspaper. But what should remain the only as a positive message of the week. Both for the Chinese, who are sitting in the Stallbacka in the Saab factory, as well as for Trollhättan.
In the meantime, blogger Swade, founder of Saabsunited and formerly in the service of Saab, had an interview with NEVS spokesman Mikael Östlund. The result is not very encouraging! Because Swade - in contrast to the SU crew - asked the right questions. The result can be swallowed, and reading it several times doesn't make it any better. The interview and reactions have sparked some discussion in the Saab community, and our interpretation of the consequences will come on Monday on the blog.
The thing with NEVS is not developing as hoped. But for Trollhättan it comes, unfortunately, even worse. Volvo Aero, now on sale as GKN, is the largest local employer after the Saab bankruptcy. 2300 people are finding wages there, and with great optimism, the British buyer was greeted a few weeks ago.
The euphoria is gone. Because the costs are too high and productivity too low, as an initial analysis showed. In addition, in the course of the looming crisis, the orders were missing. The bad news came on Friday. 350 of the 2.300 employees have to leave. That hits Trollhättan hard. The beautiful city in Västragötland already has the highest unemployment in Sweden. And more and more jobs are disappearing. So no good Christmas for the city this year either! Yet again…
The story of Volvo Aero has somehow always been linked to that of Saab. Careers moved across the fence, because both companies are close together. Volvo often got orders from neighbors with changing products. Who has a 80er or 90er years Saab with factory-installed auxiliary heater in the garage, should look under the hood. These components came from the neighbor. A Volvo nameplate under the Saab bonnet. Who would have thought that!
Image: Oliver for saabblog.net