Fewer jobs for Trollhattan. More for China.

Setback in the stablebacka. NEVS adjusts the production strategy, which will have a direct impact on future employment at the former Saab factory. After the summer break, the hiring of 200 was planned for additional employees and the start of the press shop and the paint shop. It will not come to that.

NEVS logo
NEVS logo

The plan was to build a clean assembly plant in Tianjin, which would be supplied from Sweden with painted and partially pre-assembled bodies. The final expansion to a full-fledged factory should take place over a longer period of time.

Today, the Sweden radio reports P4 Väst a change of plans. NEVS will build a complete plant, not just an assembly plant in China. For Trollhättan, the changed strategy means fewer new jobs and less production. In this context, the schedule changes; The first NEVS electric cars based on the Saab 9-3 are not included in the 2. Quarter 2017 run off the line. There is no information on the duration of the delay and on the additional investments.

Tightened conditions in China

The general conditions that have changed in China since the beginning of the year can serve as a background. In order to obtain one of the coveted production licenses, the administration is no longer sufficient to build an assembly plant. Volvo, as a foreign company, also had corresponding start-up problems, and it took more than a year to get the relevant approval in their hands.

Targets corrected downwards

But it seems that the framework conditions in China for startups have tightened even more. The administration would like to stem the flood of new providers for electric cars and for this reason is increasing the technical requirements. According to this Bloomberg report, only a very small percentage of the approximately 200 new companies will have the chance to even come onto the market.

At the same time, sales of electric cars are not developing as well as expected. The market is growing dynamically, also due to massive subsidies. But the annual target of 700.00 “New Energy Vehicles” in 2016 is unlikely to be met. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers corrected the number to 400.000 units last Friday.

26 thoughts on "Fewer jobs for Trollhattan. More for China."

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    ... Quote: the general conditions have changed in China since the beginning of the year.
    As soon as the “special Chinese policy” is involved, it gets “complicated” ...
    The NEVS house of cards could collapse more quickly than expected ... New bad news for the people in Trollhättan if the scenario described above becomes a reality. 🙁

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    It was good that the SAAB AB has denied the further use of the naming rights for NEVS!

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    Hopefully not! When NEVS starts disassembling the stallbacka, it's over.

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    Pity! Apart from the jobs, NEVS loses time that it actually doesn't have. Investments in China for the press shop, body shop and paint shop must be brought forward. A lot of time and money has to be invested. It's a shame - because everything you need is there in Trollhättan. So you have to digest that company first.
    Many trained professionals are still in Trollhättan on the ground to know how to get the whole thing going.
    The big famous brands do not sleep. The time window and the lead that may be there melts. I hope NEVS packs it anyway.

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      As you said. The facilities are here! Only in the wrong location.
      Maybe not soon either

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        Precisely. 200000 coaching to China with train was insanity. Selling should be nevs, better for work. Saab Trollhattan is a still up to date carplant.

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          Is not madness. BMW does not do it differently. And not only to China!

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            We are talking about “from car body in white”, whatever that means. We don't know exactly what tht wants to transport properly. What we do know is that this project is still.

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    What else is left in THT? Tesla is also going to China.

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      As long as Tom does not go to China I can live with it

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        I agree!!!

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    It was hoped that it will not happen but somehow it was still seen before. Will soon be the next name change due. NEVS becomes NEVC

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    The Trollhättan region can thank the incompetent Swedish politics (with regard to SAAB / NEVS) - there has not been much support from there since the start of the rollercoaster ride. Likewise with SAAB AB - why should NEVS work hard in Sweden if you don't even get the naming rights?

    For NEVS, after all the efforts, I hope that a flourishing company will emerge from China. The course has been set accordingly and the entire production of vehicles will be much more cost-effective there than in Sweden. From a global point of view, the Swedish framework conditions are really not exactly conducive - as an entrepreneur you probably only take it upon yourself if you also receive advantages and support (example: naming rights) for your cause.

    You can turn it around as you like - the cause of this dilemma is not NEVS alone.

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    Unfortunately, this event in Trollhättan does not surprise me at all.
    I've been in Trollhättan this summer.
    The Saabwerk is just a sad sight, I think there will never be a car built !?

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    Why not make EVs for the rest of the world instead? Forget China and produce cars for your loyal customers !!!!!

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      Actually, you are completely right; develop an EV for Europe and USA and produce these cars in THT. But there is still a lot of water to flow before this can become true. Development !!!!!

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    I've always been skeptical about NEVS.
    Especially now that the big car manufacturers such as VW or BMW in the field of electromobility are researching and investing, I see no chance for NEVS.
    The big automakers have much better conditions to promote the development of electromobility.
    Add to that the years of unprofessional appearance of NEVS.
    NEVS should disappear completely from Trollhättan, then would be a reasonably modern car plant
    to have again and also the brand name SAAB.
    I hope so ...

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      It is exactly like that!

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      The brand name is the key asset / it must be hailed like a treasure

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    Let's see if there will be more than one NEVS mailbox in Trollhättan in one year. Sad but predictable.

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    That was it again. In the end Trollhättan will become a pure development site.
    Although Nevs has not presented anything in this direction, which makes me feel like buying a car from this company someday.

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    In Trollhättan you will not break anything. When was the last investment in the plant? Probably 2007 / 08 or something. Since March 2011 it is quiet, you can see from the 300 9-3 from the NEVS has built. These are 5 years without investment!
    More likely you will eventually separate completely, because if 2020 irgedwas to be built must be invested again before vigorously. Besides, if NEVS fails in China, then the story is one way or the other.

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    Well, you don't have to “always have known” to keep an eye on such a development. China is highly competitive and is no longer an easy market. But maybe others also have 9000Cds thoughts? I keep my fingers crossed for an e-mobile with the spirit that SAAB has identified and a production in Sweden.

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    That is hard. I'm just waiting for the comments of those who have always wanted to know.

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    Mhh ... hopefully the TH location will be retained. Not that you now get the idea of ​​shipping the machines to China.

    Or you change the plan and produce vehicles for Europe / North America ... how about that?

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      In Trollhättan first the bodies for China, later new vehicles for Europe were to be manufactured. At least the second point has not yet been cashed. But the first NEVS EV should first come to 2019, until then, urgently needed new jobs are missing. Unemployment among former production workers is still higher than average.

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