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, not a single negative word was found. Paul Åkerlund, mayor of Trollhättan, emphasized the importance of NEVS to the city and the good prospects that are now emerging. The unions are in a good mood anyway, a restart at NEVS could bring jobs. 1.000's mostly older production workers of the former Saab Automobile AB are still parked in retraining, qualifications or unemployment. Skills that are broke. Every hope counts.
Fredrik Sidahl, representative of the Swedish auto industry, tweeted his inbox regarding NEVS. If his members got as many commissions in the future as he does mails today, yes ...
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 continue to blur. The funding of the next time, funds are to be available for 6 months, comes from owner Kai Johan Jiang - said Östlund yesterday in an interview. The speech is equivalent to 50 million €; the sum is unconfirmed and comes through the Swedish media.
What happens - it will be exciting. For NEVS, for Trollhättan, for the Saab world. Alone the mission of retrieving the lost trademark rights is a challenge in itself. To move the factory 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.