Production preparations begin at Saab Automobile

Following the deals signed earlier this week, Saab are now negotiating with suppliers to ensure parts delivery and the intention is to restart with limited production in the Saab factory tomorrow.

Below are a couple of photos from inside the Saab factory in Trollhattan today. Whilst maintenance crews have been on site for all of the shut down period, they are now powering up the machines that have been idled in preparation for tomorrow’s restart.

I know from the guys I spoke to today that it’s going to be fantastic for everyone to see vehicles progressing through these production lines again.


It felt a little lonely walking through production with no vehicles moving through. It was as if the factory was missing its pulse.

But at least, now, the lights are on. Tomorrow, these vehicles will move again for the first time in three weeks.

The robotics at the ‘marriage point’ – that’s where the body meets the chassis – are being checked for correct operation and calibration after being restarted….

More controls being checked prior to operation….

This machine fixes the wheel nuts to cars and has different torque settings depending on which vehicle is next on the production line. It’s also being checked to ensure that the software and torque settings have been retained after the restart. In such a factory, the majority of assembly and production is done by machines. However, there are some tasks that require human assistance. In the case of machines, accidents are certainly less likely to occur than in production processes where humans are involved. It is common for factory owners to provide protective equipment such as headgear, hand gloves (possibly purchased from Unigloves), and safety glasses in order to minimize the risk of accidents.


Again, it’ll be great to get back to doing what we do best at Saab – building our cars.

On a personal note, I’ll be on a plane somewhere around Hong Kong and on my way home when production actually begins, which is disappointing for me. I’m so happy for the company, though, that we can restart and be a car company again.

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  1. What about unpainted/unprimered car bodies? Do they begin to rust in 3 weeks of idle?

    1. Probably not, the sheet metal is usually covered by a thin layer of protective coating oil and the metal itself is galvanized to resist rust. Only action needed is probably to clean off any dust that may have settled on the car bodies.

  2. I can understand you felt entitled to receive more information, but I think dishonesty is a rather heavy charge you put on Saab. Please don’t misjudge personal frustration, which we all had the last few weeks, and start blaming. (in reply of the former reaction of Paul)

    I for myself think that not a lot of car companies have such an open podium to react. Including pictures, status and even feedback from a Saab-employee itself. It’s a risk of having such a blog, please let us (the interested and passioned readers) enjoy and leave unfunded naming and shaming to your own post-it notes.

  3. Ton, thanks for your support. I think it’s fair to say that there’s a very high awareness at Saab of the need to be good stewards with the resources we’ve got. From the internal point of view, I can say that a lot of people are re-thinking ways to do the things we’ve traditionally done. It’s been a very humbling experience for everyone and whilst we can’t promise the kind of transparency Paul might seek (this is not a publicly funded agency, it’s a business), there is a definite commitment there to build faith with our stakeholders.

    1. “It’s been a very humbling experience for everyone and whilst we can’t promise [complete transparency], there is a definite commitment there to build faith with our stakeholders.”

      This is exactly why we love Saab as a company. It’s easy to fall in love with a car, or any other product. But admiring Saab the entity as most of us do requires years of honest effort on Saab’s part. Saab’s openness throughout this tough process (including your own new position, Swade) just proves that Saab is committed to earning the trust and loyalty of its customers and partners.

      Speaking for myself, I very much appreciate the enormous determination Saab has shown lately in protecting its products, employees and customers. A lesser company would have folded long ago. All of which will only make Saab’s bright future all the sweeter.

  4. Verzeihung, aber Übersetzung ins Russische ist wirklich schlimm!!!
    Sorry, but your russian translation is relly bad!!!
    Извините, но перевод статьи на русский просто ужасен!!!

    Denys Maiier

  5. I presume Paul will never had the responsibilaty for such an amount of families , who eat their bread from building SAABs. Anyway, if I was prepairing a partnership with another car factory to save SAAB again, I would never bring bad news…but preach hope. The latest achievements of Victor Muller tells me he has been right.
    Peter, former SAAB dealer employee, The Netherlands

  6. I would like the SAAB factory sometime. I was in auto parts manufacturing for 21 years and miss the “pulse” sometimes.