The changes in the car industry happen at a breathtaking speed. The old Saab location Trollhättan is a kind of open-air laboratory, where you can study the changes well. Because what 2011 was still in demand, is today without interest. But quite new job profiles dominate the attitudes in the stablebacka.
For years, NEVS did not budge. Instead of the Stallbacka former Saab engineers commuted on the train to Hisingen to Volvo or CEVT. Both companies have long been the job engine in the region, the momentum has slowed this year. Volvo drives a massive austerity program, the developer CEVT new hires for months are no longer an issue. In this situation of economic cooling, NEVS is the countercyclical job engine.
The Vacancies reflect the change in the vehicle industry. Where developers for engines, transmissions and chassis were searched not too long ago, software engineers and electronics engineers are currently in demand. Battery management and autonomous driving are high on the list today, and the old skills are bought externally.
After the end of Saab, the technical help desk in Trollhättan survived in the hands of Saab Parts AB, which later became Orio AB. In 2012 I had the opportunity to visit it. The help desk had mapped the electronic infrastructure of the 9-3 and Saab 9-5, with all control units. Problems and updates could be simulated in this way. An impressive scenario! To what extent the former Saab Helpdesk still exists in this form is unclear. The office in Trollhättan has meanwhile moved and is located near the Saab Museum.
A few days ago, the Orio AB announced to release 5 employee in Trollhättan, in Nyköping 10. The reduction is part of the company's restructuring, which is realigning to improve its profitability despite declining demand for Saab parts. While the trade in car parts must continue to adjust costs, there is good news from the logistics sector. There Orio could win new customers and 4 create additional jobs in Nyköping.
At the “Stora Mobility Day” on December 10th conferred Stefan Tilk from NEVS on the company's visions for sustainable mobility. Autonomous driving, vehicle sharing, mobility on demand. This is what NEVS has stood for for years - in theory. What is missing so far is the hardware to implement all visions. The first completely new product from the Evergrande-NEVS Group should appear in 2020. To “Hengchi 1“, As the suspected name suggests, there are no details yet. And it is also unclear whether it will be built in Trollhättan from 2021. After all, Chinese media are now publishing a date for the premiere. It is scheduled to take place in June 2020.