The news from Trollhättan is sparse. At least what's coming out about Saab. Other Saab-specific things that you can not write about, or that require extra sensitivity in the formulation, are there, but I do not have the time. The community must, as always, be patient. The local newspaper fills a small piece of this vacuum today.
LeanNova: In the right direction
LeanNova, a successful Saab spin-off, is very active in Trollhättan. The young company now has 100 employees, mostly former Saab engineers, on board. The collaboration between NEVS and LeanNova is closer than ever. Outside the Chinese investors, the TTELA writes, LeanNova employees are probably the most likely to know about the chances of restarting with the Saab 9-3.
LeanNova is there with engineering competence when it comes to the start of production. The way there is described as a "long journey" because it is a complete restart from level zero. But it is "going in the right direction". In general, the Saab suppliers are very positive. The new Saab owners give a lot of development work to third-party companies. A path that more and more young manufacturers are treading. Newcomer Qoros pursues this strategy very consistently. The first production vehicle of the Chinese-Israeli consortium is actually - apart from the design - a Magna construct. This strategy doesn't have to be wrong if you have the product developed mainly in Sweden and it is without a doubt perceptible as Saab. More on this subject will come in the next few days.
Saab Parts AB to the Ministry of Finance
The shares in Saab Parts AB have been transferred from the national debt management to the Ministry of Finance. After a government decision last Thursday, the Ministry of Finance is now responsible for the former Saab daughter. "The key words are value creation and continued positive development," said Peter Norman, the minister responsible for financial markets, in a press release.
The cult sticker
There was still this story with the Saab cult sticker from Eschborn. Swedish Distribution Services, the German subsidiary of Saab Parts AB, had started this campaign, but the stickers were quickly sold out. A reproduction followed, and the “Saab - More than a car” sticker is now available in a new, larger version. Only Saab partners who take part in the campaigns of the Eschborn branch have access to the stickers.
A Saab dealer told me that he had received emails from Saab drivers from all over Germany who wanted to get the stickers. Hmmmmm .... are we positively infected with Saab? It seems so ! But completely normal ... would be boring too. Or?