Volvo starts production. Trollhättan stays in Corona mode

In week 4 the contact lock still applies in Bavaria. From Monday, the regulations will relax moderately. Car dealerships open their salesrooms, but under strict conditions. While Bavaria remains strict, the Swedes take a completely different approach. In contrast to its neighbors, the country handles the Corona crisis quite easily. Restaurants and cafes remain open and public life does not suffer from restrictions.

Volvo XC90 production on Torslanda
Volvo XC90 production on Torslanda. Picture: Volvo Cars

That too Saab Museum in Trollhättan, like other cultural institutions, remained open to visitors without restrictions. The course is not undisputed in the country and is considered an experiment with an open outcome. The country's large industrial companies will start production in the new week, but remain in the midst of the crisis.

Volvo starts in Ghent and Torslanda

The main Volvo plant in Torslanda will start production next Monday. Before that, the company does some work. Before the employees returned, the workplaces had been cleaned intensively in the last 5 days and the individual work areas examined from the point of view of health protection. Where social distancing is not possible, protective measures have been taken. At the main entrances there are voluntary controls of temperature and oxygen saturation (pulse oximeter).

Production starts slowly, the goal is about 60% of the capacity of the pre-Corona period. Volvo Cars starts view, checks the goals week by week. The plants are dependent on demand, the development of which is uncertain, and on the functioning of international supply chains.

Trollhättan stays in Corona mode

One day after Volvo, Scania starts production again. The truck manufacturer, formerly part of Saab-Scania, is a little more cautious than Volvo. The first few days are described as test days. A feel for how the supply chains react and where the weak points are.

While Volvo and Scania are working on a normalization, Trollhättan remains in Corona mode. Short-time working has been in effect in the old Saab factory since April 14th. NEVS has sent around 400 employees home and only works with a capacity of 40 to 60%. The short-time work is valid until June 30th and thus until the Swedish summer vacation. In Trollhättan, the aim is to keep costs under control; the developers in Stallbacka are particularly affected by the crisis with their close links to China. Freezing activities at Evergrande in the previous months is now fully felt in Sweden.

9 thoughts on "Volvo starts production. Trollhättan stays in Corona mode"

  • I think every manufacturer is currently checking very carefully. Many innovations move backwards, the industry is under fire from every side. Volvo retains quite a few employees and skills, so things just slow down.
    There are new alliances for this today. AB Volvo (those with the truck) are working with Daimler on the fuel cell.

  • @ Tom,

    that (end of the joint venture) is interesting. Hadn't you already thought out loud in an older article about the possible influences of Corona on car sharing, autonomous driving & Co?

    It is exciting that Volvo is now starting from exactly where it was previously thought to have sensibly located the future of the automobile.

  • @ StF,

    I finally know where all of the toilet and kitchen paper, flour, yeast, pasta and the like go.
    Someone confided in me. The children are out of the house and two rooms were empty. Were …

    Now they are crammed to the ceiling and after Corona a divorce is filed.

    The good news is that only a few households actually hoarded. Not every member took part. That reconciles me with my fellow citizens ...

    I feel sorry for the (few) disturbed people and their relatives, despite a personal lack of yeast. There are dramas taking place, which you may be able to read statistically at divorce and birth rates.

    Perhaps such Corana effects also fade against the background of the automotive industry and we will never find out anything about them?

    Be that as it may, we will not see a shortage of new cars. Regardless of the virus, I've been experiencing a shortage of new cars that I really wanted for a long time ...

  • Manufacturing vehicles is probably the easier exercise, which of course can be difficult enough in times of global supply chains. So that you have something of it, they have to be sold, which I currently see as the bigger problem.

    In times of short-time work and possible company failures, private buyers will probably be reluctant, because business trips do not take place, company pools are not really dependent on new vehicles and the rental car and car sharing business is also on the ground.

    On the other hand, manufacturers are likely to have an interest in pushing plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles onto the market (as daily registrations, or whatever) so as not to risk penalties for failing to meet the stricter emission limits.
    If politics has not already secretly signaled that something can be done there ...

    So it remains exciting, for everyone as well as for the big picture.

    PS: Just as a thought, maybe cars are the new toilet paper and will be hammered in the future.
    Would surprise me, but that's also the case with toilet paper, flour and yeast 😉.

  • The thinking process is running. Volvo, like all other manufacturers, must pay attention to the costs. All projects are being put to the test, and there have already been initial effects. The joint venture with Autoliv for autonomous driving has ended and only a part of the staff remains with Volvo.

  • Without really being able to judge it, I think it's good that the production is started again. In addition to the short-time work due to Corona, the question arises whether it is also a pause for thought for those responsible to continue to rely purely on electric drives?

  • S haunts a lot through the ÖR. I am not sure what you want to do with this comparison to D in dealing with Corona?

    Reality and conditions of life could hardly be more different within the EU. Of course, this also affects the spread.

    When I recall my visit to the Saab Museum (2019 high season), I notice that all visitors have kept more distance from each other than here and today in a supermarket - out of courtesy.

    Everyone made it possible for everyone to view the Saabs undisturbed and to take pictures without people.

    Even in Corona-D one can only dream of so much “privacy”. And how should I keep a distance of 1,5 m in corridors 2 m wide with oncoming traffic?

    Nobody comes up with the idea of ​​one-way streets in supermarkets. It would be so simple and effective to guide all customers from the entrance to the checkout in a queue through the whole shop.

    Who knows how many lives in D would have been saved with a few meters of barrier tape?

    I can no longer hear the self-adulation in Germany and the international comparisons that politics and the media are trying to achieve ...

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  • Orio has had short-time work in Sweden for 2 weeks

  • How did the situation look at Orio?

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