We all know this situation! You wait for the decision of a friend, business partner ... and while you wait, the time gets longer and longer. When it comes to the Saab future, we are specialists in waiting and hoping.
In principle, we have been practicing it for 3 years and were of the opinion that we had already overcome this phase and the Saab future would be secured. We were wrong! The current situation is a hangover ... for everyone involved.
And the last week was tough. As announced, we stay away from speculation, as well as from the daily water level reports. There were two Saab interviews in Sweden last week. A reason for a quick look north.
Mikael Östlund speaks with the Svenska Dagbladet
The temporary employment contracts were not renewed at NEVS, as announced, which according to the 100 external consultants will also 72 other forces in the coming weeks lose their current employment. For the employees a hard time. Because many had already experienced the Saab end of 2011, accordingly comprehensible are the fears now.
Faces and gestures often say more than 1.000 words. While press chief Mikael Östlund gave Svenska Dagbladet an interview on “pengar crisis” on Wednesday, the employees were seen leaving the factory in the background. Nobody wanted to be in front of the camera, but the gestures and the faces say one thing: frustration.
And also Östlund does not look too good that day. The tension is written in his face. It is also a hangover for him.
Mattias Bergman speaks with Sweden Radio
Negotiations on the Saab future with two Asian manufacturers are going well. So NEVS CEO Mattias Bergman a day later to Victor Jensen from Schwedenradio.
The talks are conducted with two parties. With a company that could start as a shareholder, as well as with an interested party who would invest in a development partnership with the Phoenix platform. With this partner, products based on the platform would be possible, which would carry a different brand name than the Saab logo.
All negotiations are intense and are on schedule. Bergman is hopeful that everything will be completed smoothly this month. Until the negotiations are over and the contracts signed, NEVS continues to reduce the running costs. What, on the other hand, as Bergman admits, is a temporal setback in the development of the Phoenix platform.
Names of possible new shareholders are not mentioned. At least not officially. But both possible contract partners know the conditions on site well. One of visits 2012 and 2014, the other maintains an office in Trollhättan.
Confidence in the future - the Swedes are relaxed.
It is not easy to trust the conduct of negotiations at NEVS. The experiences of the Spyker period are too present for all of us. And when I hear sentences like "the future looks great, we just have to cope with the current crisis“, Then the alarm lamp goes on for me. Okay, we're pre-damaged from the Victor Muller era. I admit it. A week ago I wrote that the situation was not comparable to 2011. That still applies. We should give the impending upheaval, which could be profound, a chance.
In Sweden, the readers of the Auto Motor Sport see the situation surprisingly relaxed at NEVS. In a Befragung, to terminate temporary employment contracts, the vast majority believe that NEVS will master the crisis.
The Swedes as a role model? Maybe. All readers and Saab fans a relaxed start to the week!
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