Orio quarterly figures. A country stands out from the rest.

If you are interested in how the Saab scene is developing in the individual countries, then you should look at the quarterly figures of Orio AB. The figures of the company that emerged from Saab Parts AB represent the market development. It is still responsible for a large part of the spare parts supply for Saab. The fourth quarter developed consistently, with only one market standing out from the rest of the field.

Orio quarterly figures. A country is running away.
Orio quarterly figures. A country is running away.

Strict cost controls and staff cuts are having an effect. Despite a 17% drop in sales to SEK 113 million (€ 10,73 million), the operating result improved to a slight pre-tax loss of SEK 1 million (€ 95.000). A loss of SEK 41 million was still on Orio's books last year. The gross margin of 39% was slightly below the previous year's level of 41%. The numbers were also bought with a reduction in staff, which was almost noiseless. 219 employees worldwide worked for Orio from a year ago, today there are only 165.

Fewer vehicles = less sales

Great Britain was once the most important European market for Saab after Sweden. But the future does not look good, which is only partly due to an aging vehicle population. The country's uncertain future after leaving the European Union also plays a role. Saab's stock figures reflect the situation. Every year, the island loses around 10.000 vehicles, some of which are good, which are often recycled on mainland Europe and used to obtain spare parts. As of January 1, 2020, there were 96.505 Saabs in the United Kingdom. A high percentage, 24.960 vehicles, are registered as no longer registered.

The loss of sales continues accordingly. Great Britain reports a drop of 9%, North America of 14% and the Scandinavian countries of 16%. The hope in the third quarter on a stabilization of sales in these markets have not come true.

A country stands out from the rest

After a surprising decline in sales in the third quarter of 3, the German market was able to report good figures to Sweden. The subsidiary in Eschborn was able to break away from the general trend and deliver sales at the level of the same quarter of the previous year. Germany is once again the exception market and is becoming more important than ever for the mother in Nyköping.

What is the reason for the exceptional situation in a market that was one of the difficult regions for the brand until 2011? It's a harmonious mix of various factors. There is an active Saab scene that can be considered relatively homogeneous. Over the years, the active members have successfully established events and trade fair appearances. Saab is represented at almost every important classic exhibition, events take place throughout the year. Dedicated service companies take care of the maintenance, restoration and import of vehicles. The network of independent and authorized workshops is considerable for a brand that is no longer producing. In addition, the Saabblog is an online magazine that publishes almost daily. Made by people who drive a Saab every day, not journalists. Anyone who is interested in the brand will be supplied from many sources just as well as from a manufacturing manufacturer.

Clear Saab strategy

Orio AB has announced that it will continue to improve the spare parts situation for Saab vehicles in the future. Customers should continue to have an extensive range of Saab original spare parts and a selection of qualified workshops at their disposal. A clear Saab strategy that is a welcome statement for anyone who wants to continue driving a Saab. But the Saab scene has matured in recent years. Gaps in the spare parts supply are also filled by small suppliers and enthusiasts. Sometimes even with parts that have been improved compared to the original (More on this in one of the following articles). A challenge for Nyköping.

22 thoughts on "Orio quarterly figures. A country stands out from the rest."

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    If a Saab that is no longer in good condition donates its organs for a very well-preserved Saab, it is always better than simply giving it to the press. The number of vehicles being withdrawn from circulation is likely to accelerate more and more. Only “crazy” enthusiasts will then let the spare parts weigh in gold. As a normal utility vehicle, the economical knockout is programmed at some point. Not only because of the prices, but also because of the availability of the required spare parts.

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    The slaughter is not just a shame but allows another Saab to live on. They are not dismantled and then scrapped. There is no great added value if a Saab "lives on" in the UK and a copy goes into the press here. Some parts are only available as used parts or the available new parts are of subterranean quality.

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    @ GP362,

    yes, it is a vicious cycle. The poorer the supply of parts, the more lucrative slaughter festivals become, the fewer old cars there are and the less it is worth supplying them with new parts and so on and so on.

    Many parts are often only revised and exchanged. Engines, starters, brake calipers, radiators, wishbones ...

    I would prefer to use only new parts. But there is also some comfort in a revised brake caliper. The brake system of an old car is revised with revised parts, the delivery status is achieved almost entirely without scrap, waste or use of resources. This is roughly the opposite of what is common in the throwaway society.

    Just stupid that this always threatens to fail on certain parts. About the lighting.

    Something positive at the end:
    Met a beautiful 900 I this morning. And just yesterday a 900 Ii or 9-3 I Cabrio on the same route in almost the same place. For Saab it is far from evening every day.

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    @ H. Hürsch and Saab900II

    It will not only be the future lack of parts supply, but also the prices for it will turn a manageable front damage, for example from game, into an economic total loss!
    The industry is happy ...

    To the Saab on the street:
    I've been on the road for a week, driving the 9000 from the north to the deep south and Switzerland. On the whole route I just met TWO 9-3I, no 9-5, no 9-3II, nothing. 900 and 9000 have disappeared anyway and one is already viewed questioningly - unknown exotic. They are felt rapidly less now.

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    @Saab900II,

    does "all vehicles" mean all Saab or really all vehicles?

    I'm afraid there is one way or another ...

    The times in which many cars with uniform and round headlights were on the road are long ago. So long that even this standard can no longer be obtained in all the usual sizes.

    Otherwise, I would buy my Volvo 164 two new fog lights, but they are no longer available either. Not to mention new taillights. I had to resort to used ones and weigh in with gold.

    However, with the contemporary nature of front and rear lights, it is very difficult for me to imagine that there is any manufacturer in our throw-away company who actually intends to secure the supply of spare parts for annually changing designs in the long term.

    They are all betting on the next scrapping bonus or driving bans and e-mobility and are politically encouraged to do so. Also from the environmental party. A one-way deposit should actually be charged on today's cars. What is going on right now is completely irresponsible. In any case, it is not sustainable ...

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    Generally the lighting in all vehicles.
    If it is broken, that's it.
    But you don't seem to understand there.

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      Unfortunately, the gaps are increasing. Incomprehensible, also from my perspective.

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    Ken-Daniel S.

    Thanks for the great link, nice pictures and a great sound - it was fun! Except for the speedometer, of course, you can't see anything of the conversion, it's a shame that there are no before-and-after pictures. But, as I said, great thing!

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    @ Ken-Daniel S.,

    great, in the long run Saabs are probably better off in countries with right-hand traffic anyway ...

    Although I have come to love and appreciate the nation, having studied in the UK, it seems to me today to be limited in many ways. For example as a good home for a Saab ...

    The more of it remodeled at our direct neighbors and driving in an EU country, the more I prefer it.

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    @Ebasli

    For example, here is a Saab that was brought from the UK, got the steering wheel on the right side and has now found its new home in the Czech Republic.

    There are several retailers on Facebook who offer their English Saabs for sale, but have no personal experience with them yet.

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    Nice to know that the spare parts supply will continue to be taken care of. The fact that the scene is still so lively is also thanks to the blog here.

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    BRITISH SAABS - Ken-Daniel S.

    The slaughter of Saabs just because they have the "steering wheel on the wrong side" is a real shame again! 🙂 The conversion from right to left is possible, e.g. Lafrentz in Kiel does it (that's where the last existing right-hand drive 9-5 NG SportCombi is, which, as recently reported in the blog, a conversion would be possible, if maybe also not desirable).

    Of course, the effort has to be worth it - but that can be the case with rare, well-maintained enthusiast vehicles. Especially because GB was such a good market for Saab, there could still be some. Do you know how or via which contacts and platforms the Saabs from the UK get to the continent?

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    Interesting information that you can read out casually on the edge. The blog broke up with Orio months ago. Too bad, I would have been interested in details. Sometime in the fall there was a post with a headwind or something. Was that Orio? I will probably never know. Not good for Orio, of course, not good at all. But not for the workshops either. The current promotions came almost exclusively via the blog. How will you communicate in the future when you are outside?

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    Oh, thanks for clearing up the misunderstanding! But the separation on the part of the blog is even more interesting…. it's okay, I'll stop asking! 😉

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    It's a shame about the English Saabs, because certain companies sometimes have really nice vehicles that are often only taken apart because they have the steering wheel on the wrong side. But I don't think that only affects Saabs, you can often see other cars that are sold comparatively cheap.
    If possible, I would also be interested in figures from Austria.
    There are also countries with Saab growth, Saab fans in Slovakia and the Czech Republic still import Saabs and the existing vehicles are tried to be preserved as best as possible.

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    Hello Tom. Do you know anything about Austrian numbers?

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      Unfortunately, no. It is possible that Austria will be found in the figures for the German market. Or also under “Others”.

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    Very coherent analysis, especially of the situation in Germany. The Saab blog has a very significant share in the continued existence (rather even the expansion) of the Saab scene and in the loyalty of the owners to their aging or coming Saab treasures, as of course the good and dedicated Saab workshops - about which the blog rightly reports. A very successful cycle, a real win-win situation for everyone involved, including Orio.

    All the more incomprehensible that Orio no longer supports the blog since 2020! What was the reason for this? Also austerity measures? That would be the wrong place, Orio cuts off the arm it is sitting on. Or was there no reason at all or is it secret? According to the reports, the blog team always had a very good relationship with Orio, there were visits to Eschborn etc.

    Btw: Is a spring parts discount campaign from Orio planned this year? Do you already know something? If so, it would be great if Orio could also publish the campaign or the articles online, I had already suggested last year. This generates interest and anticipation and you go to the Saab dealer anyway to have a look at things.

    All Saab fans have a good trip and a nice week! 🙂

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      To prevent any rumors in the scene: Orio has not supported the blog since 2020, which is true. The separation of the paths was not a decision from Eschborn (or Sweden) to save costs, but a decision on our part.

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    Why has ORIO not been able to produce the lighting fixtures such as the front or rear lighting - Lightbar of the NG for years? For me is not a reliable partner. It's a shame about our unique vehicles.

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    Hello Tom
    I would be interested in what the statistical comparison, turnover to number of inhabitants looks like 🙂
    Greetings from the SAA country Switzerland
    Fredy

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      Would be interesting. But it cannot be done on the basis of the published quarterly figures. Scandinavia is shown as "North". Only Germany, North America and the island in the North Sea are recorded separately. All other countries, including probably Switzerland, are listed under “Other”.

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