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.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Saab engineers establish new company

According to a press release issued by Swedish state owned venture-capital company Fouriertransform, managers formerly employeed by Saab Automobile in Trollhättan have established a new engineering company together with Fouriertransform and local science center Innovatum.

The new company is named LeanNova Engineering. The new company is expecting to employ 200 people witin a few months and 400 within one year.

Tomas Camén, who previously worked at Saab as head of chassis design, engine installation and HVAC systems, is CEO of LeanNova. Saab fans will know Tomas Camén as one of the engineers behind the 119g/km and 180 HP Saab 9-3 diesel.

Tomas Camén flanked by two former Saab colleagues Andreas Andersson (on the left) and Magnus Hansson (on the right)

"We have an unique collection of expertise, a dream team in vehicle development," Camén told NyTeknik.

"I was laid off and the horror scenario was that everyone would go their separate way. It is the overall engineering excellence that is our strength," he continued.

The idea is to take advantage of the expertise that was released with the Saab Automobile bankruptcy. It's also a way to prevent the engineering competense from being scattered. Through the company, the engineers can be available if there is a party which wants to acquire the complete Saab business and wants to restart production.

"We want to keep as much expertise as possible. If there is a restart of the factory, we will support it," says CEO of Innovatum Tore Helmersson.

So far around ten engineers have started working with selling development assignments for clients in the automotive industry.