It has become quiet about the possible purchase of Saab Parts AB by National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB. The upcoming renaming to Orio AB and the associated realignment give the impression that what actually belongs together will not come together. We may have been wrong. The automobile news portal “just-auto”Visited the Saab plant in Trollhättan last week and wants to have heard the relevant news there.
According to information from “just-auto”NEVS has revived the dialogue with the Swedish government and wants to acquire Parts AB if the company is up for sale. “It could be interesting for NEVS to own the logistics company”, a spokesman for the investor is quoted as saying. “The after-market is important and a good relationship with the customer is desirable. In the future we would like to make sure that it is pleasant to be a Saab owner. ”
The spokesman for NEVS emphasized again, so “just-auto"That" ... it is important for us to acquire the company ... .. we have to fill the after-market ... "
So far "just-auto". The question arises as to how reliable this information is, because in the past the portal was always speculative. So caution is advised. Let's look at the facts. NEVS is about to present the new model variant of the 9-3. Production is scheduled to begin this year. If we count on the usual time frame in the industry, the first vehicles will be at dealerships in summer 2014. So time is of the essence because NEVS has neither a sales network nor an organization for logistics and after-sales.
In addition to the time factor, the existing logistics center in Nyköping, which NEVS already uses as a customer, speaks in favor of the purchase. Saab Parts AB has subsidiaries in important markets outside China and a large network of partners. And about a positive cash flow. The fastest and cheapest way for NEVS to have its own distribution structure is via Nyköping.
Two other factors speak against this. Nyköping is a historic Saab location, geographically far from Trollhättan. A new, own logistics center on a green meadow in Trollhättan would be an option. But the highest hurdle is built by Swedish politics. The price has to be realistic. The administration has already written off part of the investment, but is that enough?
More speaks for it than against it. And it is hardly the task of the Swedish state to hold a long-term distribution for auto parts in his possession. If the information proves to be correct, the renaming of Orio AB and the intended reorientation will only be a short episode in the history of the brand. For NEVS the clock is ticking. Logistics center on an industrial wasteland in the Stallbacka or the acquisition of Saab Parts AB. You have to decide!