Good news has been scarce on the blog lately. Here the blog tells of a story that has taken a good turn. In Tidaholm, IAC has been producing dashboards and interior parts for Saab and Volvo for many years. Then came the sale of both manufacturers, IAC closed the site and concentrated on the plants in Skara, Gothenburg and Färgelanda.
Swedfoam ventured a fresh start on the old site. 28 jobs were created, interior fittings and the dashboard for the 2014 Saab Aero came from the former IAC halls. With the problems in Trollhättan, the young company also drove inexorably into crisis. A reconstruction process was initiated and canceled due to a lack of prospects of success. In the end, all that remained was bankruptcy and the associated loss of all jobs. The lights went out in Tidaholm.
New start: Automotive Interior Parts Sweden AB
Even if the situation seemed bleak, it was not over yet. In 2015, NEVS took over the machines and began planning for the comeback. Automotive Interior Parts Sweden AB (AIPS) restarted in the former IAC halls. The company is a 100% subsidiary of NEVS, the production of the dashboard and parts of the interior of the NEVS electric car for China will begin in the next few weeks. More than 40 jobs, more than before Swedfoam's bankruptcy, will be created in Tidaholm this year. 8 employees are already on site, 33 more will go on board after the summer vacation. Not only do components for the first electric car come from Tidaholm, interior parts for the future generation of electric vehicles are also produced at AIPS.
Development Center Tidaholm
Good prospects for Tidaholm and for a location that actually had no future. Like the other large car company in Gothenburg, NEVS also seems to focus on small and medium-sized companies from Sweden. In Gothenburg, the proportion of Swedish components has risen continuously since Ford withdrew. Something similar could be planned in Trollhättan, which will be positive for Sweden and for the image of the vehicles.
The new brand NEVS has ambitious plans with AIPS. A development center for vehicle safety and airbag systems will be built in Tidaholm. The development of the first new components for a new generation of vehicles is under way, after the summer holidays trials and tests will start. By autumn 2017 will provide AIPS with full production capacity.