In Trollhättan the newspaper was today fully on the subject of Saab. One year after the bankruptcy, the wounds have not nearly healed. Jan Ake Jonsson spoke up and former Saab employees who have now come to Volvo. Jonsson is critical of the state that did not intervene to save Saab.
As an example, France, where the car industry is protected by taxpayers from falling. And also Germany, where hidden subsidies allow some innovation. In all of today's articles, the hope has emerged that the special Saab culture will not disappear and that somehow it will continue in Trollhättan.
This was matched by the film that the local TTELA was allowed to shoot at the Saab factory. Marten Gustafsson showed running belts, at least in the press shop, where spare parts for our cars are produced on behalf of Saab Parts AB. Meanwhile, 100 people are working well for the Chinese, including many older Saab employees.
A look into the factory is good, even if the stationary assembly lines with half-finished Saabs are a sad affair. But the work is alive, everything seems neat and sparkling clean. It gives the impression that production could start again tomorrow. In the new year, investor NEVS wants to announce its decision whether there will be vehicles with conventional drive. You can see the market for this - a statement that comes again and again.
Whatever. The film subliminally conveys a message. "Look, it's not over and there is hope." A message from the local press for Trollhättan and not just there. It is just before Christmas. We may also believe this message.
Film & picture: TTELA