The old Saab factory is always on my radar - even if it has been very quiet for weeks. Unfortunately there is no good news from Trollhättan. Circumstances did not change for the better in 2018 either. On the contrary, because there is a halt again on the site of the former Saab factory.
Around 2018 new jobs were actually announced for 70. Parts for the NEVS 9-3 EV were to be produced in Trollhättan. Its start of production in China, planned for summer 2018, does not seem to be sustainable. The reason given is the delay in the completion of the new factory in Tianjin. No surprise, as the financing is unclear and the budget for the construction of a body shop and paint shop does not appear to be in place.
The 10.000 electric cars, which NEVS plans to build later this year, are moving further away. Likewise the new jobs in the old Saab factory. The union representation at NEVS is facing each other SVT in Swedish serenity. It has already lived with delays of 3, 4 and 5 years. Since a few months more are not crucial.
The end of the paint shop. And the end of automobile construction.
Much more concern for the Trollhättan location and the plant prepares a different footnote. NEVS has announced that it will close assembly and the paint shop. The 42 affected employees are now to be given other tasks. The paint shop, once the most modern in Sweden and in the GM network, has been kept on “stand by” since December 2011. First from the bankruptcy attorneys, then later from the Chinese. A measure that was associated with a lot of effort and considerable costs. This fact alone gave reason to hope that at least the plan existed to build cars again in the Stallbacka at some point.
With their shutdown, this little hope finally disappears. It can be assumed that the Chinese investors have long-term farewell both from the production for contracted contractors, as well as from an own production in Sweden. It is speculative whether the rig will be disassembled and how other inventory will be shipped to China, as some Saab veterans have repeatedly feared. The fact is: NEVS once again brings the end of a chapter and shrinks (again) own, ambitious plans.
Not good news for the traditional location and a work that has been giving many characterful cars to the world since 1947.