The blog headquarters is located near Frankfurt am Main. Far from Trollhättan, Beijing or Tianjin ... which is unfortunate because we would like to be closer to some events. The past few days have been revealing in Sweden. Kai Johan Jiang and Mikael Kubu attended a symposium in Stockholm. Dagens Nyheter magazine previously visited the plant and had long discussions with CEO Mattias Bergman.
The resulting, extensive and positive article is for all people with Swedish language skills DN read. For readers in the German-speaking world, there is the summary of the most interesting statements, the rest of the world must learn one of the two languages or make friends with Google's Translator.
NEVS has made mistakes in the past, one of which was the start of production in December 2013. Looking back, Bergman would have waited even better for 8 or 9 months. At that time not all suppliers were ready, components became more expensive than expected, some partners could not produce the necessary quantities. But our owners wanted to show something, says Bergman. He refers to the (botched) entry of Quingdao, which was linked to blog information with the condition of an ongoing production.
When the funds failed to materialize, the reconstruction for NEVS was inevitably only a few weeks away.
China more influential than before
After the reconstruction process, the Chinese influence grew. NEVS has acquired additional shareholders with Tianjin and the technology company SRIT. The entry of SRIT, State Research Information Technology Co., was made at the suggestion of the central government in Beijing. All negotiations are via central administration, NEVS has outgrown the provincial level.
That, as a comment, shows the importance of NEVS for the realization of the national electric car offensive.
Beijing, says Bergman, believes in NEVS and the electric car. 2012 was first sold to 6.000 EV's in China. 2015 already 200.000, for this year 700.000 units are forecasted.
Production in Tianjin from May 2017.
A request from the administration in Beijing, Bergman continues, is the production on site. The plant in Tianjin will start production in May 2017. The launch in China will have an impact on the plant in Trollhättan. NEVS is currently hiring around 50 new employees per month, preferably for research and development. In addition, some 100 production staff will be recruited during the summer to revive the old Saab plant and produce bodies for the EV. Later, 4 will produce completely new models in the Stallbacka.
Biggest challenge of the last 50 years.
The demands on mobility are changing. A new generation of buyers is demanding more connectivity in the car. The question of property needs to be redefined. Car sharing and solutions like Uber are already an issue today. Car manufacturers are experimenting to meet the demands of coming generations. Tianjin, where the new plant is being built, sees itself as a laboratory for new and sustainable mobility solutions, Mattias Bergman told DN.
Shareholder SRIT and Partner Teamsun allow NEVS to access a pool of 10.000 software engineers. IT, data, software are the raw material of the future and are becoming increasingly important for future vehicle generations.
Saab is coming back ...
The question is inevitable, Bergman does not answer the question. One is again in dialogue with Saab AB. He doesn't want to say how far you are.
He goes on to say: One of Sweden's most important industrial projects is running in Trollhättan. The aim is to find a long-term solution in the area of brand names. But a brand consists of more than just letters. A brand represents what the company stands for. The topic will be clarified in good time before NEVS bring products onto the market.
Bergman spent a lot of time with DN. Even the most difficult issues, such as the mistakes of yesteryear and the Chinese influence, came up. A few days later, Kai Johan Jiang attended a symposium in the Swedish capital and spoke about corporate governance in difficult times. New qualities at NEVS and a seriousness that I have missed in the past for long periods.
NEVS collects sympathy points and the tingling returns too. The long-sought in vain tension on what's to come can be felt again, and the good old Saab factory could awaken to new life in autumn. Which brings us to the most difficult of all topics. The Saab brand name. There are thoughts on my part. Tomorrow on the blog.