Finally ! Yesterday NEVS went out of the reconstruction, promptly it became more alive in the Saab world. Relief was palpable, in Trollhattan and elsewhere. The reactions from Sweden were one-sided. They were all positive.
If you clicked through the Twitter and press releases, there wasn't a single negative word to be found. Paul Åkerlund, Mayor of Trollhättan, emphasized the importance of NEVS for the city and the good prospects that are now emerging. The unions are in a good mood anyway, a restart at NEVS could create jobs. 1.000 mostly older production workers of the former Saab Automobile AB are still temporarily parked in retraining, qualifications or unemployment. Skills that lie idle. Every spark of hope counts.
Fredrik Sidahl, representative of the Swedish auto industry, tweeted his NEVS inbox. If his members would get as many orders in the future as he would mail today, yes then ...
OK. So much Swedish exuberance and good mood is unfamiliar. What happened yesterday was a first step in the right direction. There is a schedule that needs to be adhered to. NEVS intends to announce the names of the partners in the near future. So Mikael Östlund yesterday opposite P4 Väst.
The facts are still out of focus. The financing of the next period, funds should be available for 6 months, comes from owner Kai Johan Jiang - said Östlund in an interview yesterday. We are talking about the equivalent of € 50 million; the amount is unconfirmed and comes through the Swedish media.
What happens - it will be exciting. For NEVS, for Trollhättan, for the Saab world. The mission of retrieving lost trademark rights alone is a challenge in itself. Moving the plant and the brand towards the future, much more.
Open is also after yesterday's day just about everything. One thing we should not forget about our thoughts on the future: a single right decision could turn the perspective of NEVS by 180 degrees. Whether new major shareholder, co-operation partner, whoever. Many things would be possible.
What are we doing in the meantime? We keep our grip on the ground and have an open ear towards Sweden. Like for almost 5 years. Is there anything to write, Michèl, Mark and I are there. Otherwise it continues as usual. With cars, made by Trollhättan. Tomorrow is my next story.