Mark and I are back from our visit to Sweden. A remarkable week - with a packed schedule and many interesting conversations - is behind us. We have experienced a lot and have to tell.
In principle it was a working visit. Appointments every day, exciting impressions from the Saab city, which has developed very well in recent years. Trollhättan has become one of the fastest growing cities in the country. There are many new buildings, construction cranes are in several places.
Dynamics at NEVS
We paid a visit to the Stallbacka on the first day and at NEVS we went surprisingly deep into the secure halls of the development departments. We felt a lot of impressive dynamism and pioneering spirit. We were able to speak to developers who have worked for Saab Automobile for many years and who are now on the payroll at NEVS. We were very open to us and allowed to see things that normally we would never see. And we were able to discuss the future of mobility with managers.
NEVS surprised us and delivered more than we had hoped for. Never before have we had so many impressions, answers and information that we can report on on the blog.
The following day was all about Saab tradition. As a guest at the Saab Museum, Olle Granlund told us about the Talladega Long Run and his exciting years at Saab. We spoke to employees about the museum's situation, which is still not that easy and which requires a lot of creativity and commitment. But the museum is also developing well and has exciting approaches to keep the collection attractive to fans.
And because Saab is Saab and a special brand, we saw a French film crew working in the museum. The Saab 9000 Talladega number 1 was on its way through Trollhättan, history is palpable and the brand is alive.
Saab tradition. Even in Gothenburg.
If you drive through the city, you will discover many Saab signposts, and the lettering can still be seen on some parts of the factory. But all this will soon be a thing of the past, and life will write new chapters.
On the last day we were in Gothenburg. We were on that Aeroseum looking forward to keeping a lot of Saab tradition. Just that these Saabs can fly, but are also an important part of the brand's history. Saab Tunan and Lansen are closely linked to Trollhättan, and the engines of current and upcoming Saab jets are also built in the city. The Volvo Aero plant, now GKN, is the most important local employer even before NEVS. The factory halls are directly adjacent to the former Saab factory.
The keyboard glows, all impressions have to be processed and formulated. The “Swedish Week” is coming to the blog soon. Not today, but in the coming days.