IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hawtai visits Trollhättan as workers return

According to TTELA parts of the Hawtai management is expected to Saab Automobile in Trollhättan today. The negotiations between Saab and Hawtai was very intense and over a short periode of time and Hawtai probably does not know exactly what they bought into. But today they will be able to see the Saab fascilities in Trollhättan where the workers have been called back to work and where 15 to 20 cars will be built. Head of communications at Saab, Eric Geers, has confirmed the visit from China.

Dagens Industri reports that one of the workers who returned was 35 years old Fredrik Almqvist, who had a pink "I love Saab" button on his chest and was carrying his lunch box in an old and worn plastic bag with the Saab logo.
- It is good to start again,he says.The uncertainty over the recent weeks has been difficult. Not knowing has been very difficult.
- As far as I can judge the Chinese solution is good. If everything works out it is a fantastic opportunity. China is the fastest growing car market and we have a lot of cars that fits perfectly in China.

Before the production can be back up at full speed, Saab must make agreements with its 800 suppliers. According to Gunnar Brunius, who is Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing, Saab has about 20 people working on this issue.

To TT Gunnar Brunius said the following:
- We'll start up and test all processes. The press workshop, the body shop, the paint shop and so on. It's like a normal restart after a long break to see if everything works. Tomorrow, the production workers can stay at home again and then we will send for them when production can start for real.