Yesterday, the plant holidays ended at NEVS. As expected, there was no good news for the 250 production staff at the Saab factory. However, no blue letters. A small portion of the workers will be used at the factory for maintenance and repair over the next few weeks, while Saab production will continue to rest.
The much larger part is released from work. NEVS keeps the laboriously built up production competence on the payroll, which could either be considered as a positive signal or as very remarkable. There were no extensions for employees with temporary contracts who remained more than 50. Most of the contracts expired during the summer break, so there was no return to the factory.
Saab production is indefinitely; no further information came yesterday for employees or union representatives. “We have got used to NEVS communicating sparingly,” commented a union man on Monday. But IF Metal and the blog are expecting an update on the situation in the next few days.
The ongoing crisis and the uncertain future are leaving their mark on NEVS. TechRoi Fuel Systems, the company that supplies innovative tank systems to NEVS, maintains an office in Trollhättan and has a laboratory in the factory, released temporary production workers before the holidays. NEVS is an exclusive customer, the dependence is huge. There are contacts to other customers and the market for tank systems is large. From a production for other automakers, the manufacturer is still far away.
While the course of NEVS is still unclear, the clock is ticking louder and louder. The Kronofogden has started to operate a low six-digit euro amount. NEVS has two weeks to make payment since yesterday, or a Kronfogden employee will determine and enforce assets. In the meantime, more creditors have registered their claims, bringing their number to 88.
And what does NEVS say about it? Negotiations are ongoing but not over yet. And when everything is signed, it will take a few weeks for Saab production to restart. That was the official text from the Stallbacka yesterday, and I - quite frankly and honestly - have no idea what I can and cannot believe!
At the latest on Wednesday we make a swing, because it is a lot on the desk, which is worth writing about. Then comes car instead of crisis on the blog, Saab Turbo X and Co held business news. That is more fun!
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