NEVS increases the clock rate

Slowly but steadily, things are progressing in the Stallbacka. After all, everything is moving in the right direction, even if it could go a bit faster according to our wishes.

SAAB production at NEVS
SAAB production at NEVS

Saab manufactures 6 vehicles per day since today, starting daily with 2 vehicles in December. This was announced by NEVS press chief Mikael Östlund. NEVS has now employed 315 production staff. Further new hires on a larger scale are not planned at short notice.

The interesting question for us is how many vehicles can be produced with around 300 employees. Finding the answer will be difficult. Saab Automobile AB had between 1.100 and 1.200 workers in the production area for 85.000 vehicles per year - according to the 2011 plan. However, the production was considered hopelessly overstaffed, and it would have been economically sensible to cut the staff. In addition, Saab will initially only offer one model series, while two series rolled off the production line in 2011.

Then there are the electric cars that are to go to the Chinese assembly plant as a “semi-finished product”. The situation is therefore not really comparable. NEVS is also said to have rationalized and modernized in the meantime. So what is possible in Trollhättan? The answer gives us the future and it remains exciting!

Text & image: tom@saabblog.net

9 thoughts on "NEVS increases the clock rate"

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    The number of employees says very little about productivity. It depends on the vertical range of manufacture.

    Here are a few numbers from the past of Saab. When GM joined Saab, around 8.500 people were working in Trollhättan. The final assembly capacity was somewhere between 60.000 and 70.000 vehicles. Added to this was the body shop and paint shop, which was at 100.000 to 120.000 units.

    At the end of the Saab era, the number of employees was around 3.500. The possible capacity was specified with 180.000 units.

    Now one might assume that GM has rationalized heavily. Although it has been rationalized, most of it has been outsourced. One must not forget, Saab had until the beginning of the Americans, probably one of the highest vertical integration in Western Europe. However, this was distributed to plants throughout Sweden and found only partial entry in the figures of Trollhättan.

    I still remember when parts of the body shop were given to Volvo shortly after the entry of GM. If you went through the work, you could tell from the different uniforms. So you quickly reduce the number of employees to 200, without one less involved in the production.

    Be it a canteen, factory fire brigade or building management, everything used to be factory staff, but GM did not have it all.

    Today, we at NEVS have about 315 production staff. This figure is approximately equal to the number of Saab-Arlöv employees in the 80 years. There, an average of 21.000 vehicles left the final assembly each year. In Arlöv everything was handmade, but only final assembly without body construction and painting.

    In the former Finnish Saab factory, today Valmet Automotive are still about 600 staff employed. These build on a highly automated plant about 35.000 Mercedes A-Class per year.

    So I'd guess that with the current number of employees, NEVS can create 10.000 through 12.000 units a year. One must not forget that almost everything comes from the outside. Only in the final assembly still works a larger number of people, body shop and paint shop are highly automated.

    With 6 vehicles, now is a slow series production started, from next month, the output should then at least triple, if the workers are incorporated.

    I guess, with 1.500 employees (total, not just production), 100.000 units should be ready.

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      Thank you!

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      Also regarding Such information is indispensable to the SAAB blog!
      THANK YOU Detlef!

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    Hello.
    Hello.
    If Skyper could have created 1100 cars with around 85.000 production employees. Then at NEVS with 300 employees min. 25500 Saabs roll off the assembly line. If there was even further rationalization, the utilization is higher, and possibly more “finished” parts, for example in China, are installed, then, yes, then the number could and should be significantly higher.

    Greetings from sunny Oldenburg
    Andre

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    Well, whether the customer nacher prefer to buy the facelift or the current model, remains to be seen! Depends on what the facelift will look like

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    Sounds good. From April or May then the SC to.
    I'm looking forward to the update. Only who buys then the old ones and where are actually turned off at the moment? No one has been delivered yet.

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      Patience, the update comes just before the holidays, so end of June. The combination and the update are the model year 2015.

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      In March, at this clock rate (weekend work will be too expensive) there will be 126 pieces, so by the end of the month there will be a little less than 300 finished 9-3s. According to the older pictures, they should have a place on the factory premises. The question is why you haven't delivered yet? A part is still missing, for example a new infotainment that is only ready in April.
      And there are always a few people who prefer what they know to the unfamiliar.

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    That's still positive news! Keep it up!!!!

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