Week 2 of the exit restrictions. Cars are stockpiled, and protective masks are now being made in the former Saab plant. Involuntarily reminds me of the war economy - and it is. Europe is in a determined fight against an invisible enemy. Hard times, and those who are on the road these days experience a sad country. The streets and squares are empty and the silence is unreal.
People with face masks are encountering more and more. The wearing of masks in public is slowly becoming established. Corona has consequences for everyone, you just have to look
The auto industry has been hit hard by Covid-19. I don't have to go far to see the effects. In the next district there is a small provincial train station. Long since sold to private investors by Deutsche Bahn, a bit run down, as unfortunately often the less important train stations in this incredibly rich country are. If the climate-neutral future is to be found in public transport, then this station gives those responsible a lot of room for improvement.
Currently it looks less like rail traffic and more like the Volkswagen group on the site. Mostly Audi cars, but also Skoda and Volkswagen cars, are parked in long rows. They are former company cars, only a few months old, that a local company is marketing. Successful in the last few years, on an ever larger scale. An estimated 1.000 vehicles are in stock in normal times and are actually a safe and profitable bet. There are enough buyers who see their dreams come true in an almost new Audi.
Respirators from the Saab plant
In the meantime the market has collapsed completely. Car dealerships have closed their sales rooms, and registration offices have restricted work. In the meantime, the supplies continue rolling, initially unchecked. Because the manufacturers themselves have full heaps, and whatever can be removed is removed. Accordingly, the available space at retail partners is no longer sufficient, they have to rent more floor space.
But not everything is corona. The first rows of Audis were already set up in January. The auto industry had been strangled by the crisis before, but not so clearly.
The corona crisis is global and does not stop at Sweden. You are still relaxed there, maybe a little too much. After all, after this weekend you will end the ski season in the north and turn off the lifts. A few days ago, people wanted to stick to the traditional end after Easter.
Respiratory masks are now manufactured in the former Saab plant - as Volvo Cars and AB Volvo already do. The 3D printers of the Concept and Prototype Construction department are now producing protective material for the local health care system. The first masks were delivered this week. Previously you had the local Hospital Hand over 360 protective masks from the existing inventory. A further 2.500 protective masks were brought to Trollhättan by Evergrande and are to be passed on to the hospital the next week.
Saab driver for social department store Grenzlos eV
Just as NEVS helps in Sweden, Saab drivers are for that Social department store Grenzlos eV there. The readers have already donated over € 600,00. We are busy sending out Saab stickers, and on Monday the first transfer goes to the social department store's account.
Now it is important not to let up! € 6,00 is not a large sum, many readers put a few euros on it. The crisis will continue, and Grenzlos eV will surely need every cent. And should the stickers become scarce, we will reorder.
We at the blog are proud of our readers and of being able to achieve something together in difficult times. That motivates us!
And don't forget: #stays at home.