The long summer break in Sweden is coming to an end, so maybe the news-free time in the old Saab factory. After this leavingA month ago, ex-NEVS CEO Bergman announced it had become quiet.
The ongoing peace and the flow of information flow hints at nothing good. Not for a startup that finally wanted to go public with products after 5 years. Behind the scenes everything else is harmony. If we look back on the difficult phase during the 2013 reconstruction, when there were still hopes for a Saab comeback, we will notice grave differences.
Service providers are switching to the competition
At that time only 1 (!) Employee left the company. Now the bloodletting is in full swing. After many time and project contracts were not extended, permanent employees are also leaving NEVS. It is top performers from middle management, such as those responsible for marketing, who turn their backs on the Stallbacka. Important employees from battery development, such as Pavel Calderon, have also finished with the Trollhättan topic. He is now in a leading position at the Swedish electric car startup Uniti.
These are indicators that make one doubt the further development. It has not looked like the future and construction for months. The smell of the creeping decline is spreading. A positive prognosis for the traditional Saab factory is hardly possible.
The auto industry is in the biggest upheaval in its history. The peak of new car sales should soon be exceeded. Shared economy, networking, new propulsion technologies, synthetic fuels and the threat of a burners ban will change the market from the ground up. Some in the industry trembles, because they invest in future scenarios, the uncertainty factor is enormous.
Bad prospects for the old Saab factory
Right in the middle is an obviously insufficiently capitalized Chinese electric car startup in Trollhättan. Without a new CEO and with a factory that is now in its 7th year of production. A strong investor or a new owner might change that. The hope of the NEVS founder is apparently based on this. But why should that happen?
The Saab brand name was once the biggest asset. He was lost. The once most modern car factory in Sweden is now outdated. The developers move on, it hardly remains an asset. The future, she appears uncertain again.