Press Release: SAAB AUTOMOBILE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS PRODUCTION PENDING MORE STABLE INFLOW OF COMPONENTS

Following on from the production communication from yesterday…… —— Zeewolde, The Netherlands, 9 June 2011 – Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) today decided to temporarily suspend production at its production facility in Trollhättan. The seven-week production stop in April and May has not just affected Saab Automobile, but particularly also its supplier base. While Saab Automobile booked lots of progress and reached agreements with the vast majority of its supplier base, negotiations with a number of suppliers on payment and delivery terms are still ongoing. These negotiations are expected to be finalized shortly. Saab Automobile is working on a number […]

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Communication: New production stoppage today

Yesterday, production at Saab Automobile stopped at lunchtime due to material shortages. We have now stopped again today for the same reasons. “When we chose to restart production after the long stoppage, we saw a number of risks on the horizon, mostly concerned with the supply of materials. We are faced with more material supply problems this week and have therefore changed plans for the remaining days of this week. During the stoppages that we expect will occur this week, we have planned for various activities at the factory, such as staff training” said the purchasing and production director Gunnar […]

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Notes from the re-start of production at Saab

So you’ve seen the press release and the video, but what about the other stuff? Saab got production underway Friday after a seven week halt and there was a real upbeat spirit about the place. For me, it was especially notable because it was the first time since I’ve been working in Sweden that we actually produced some cars. It was like the part of the soul of this place had checked out for a little while, but today it was back. Production wasn’t scheduled to start until 10am so I got to work at my normal time and after […]

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Saab Automobile Restarts Production

• First cars roll off Trollhättan production line since April 6 • Order bank of over 6,500 cars for Trollhättan factory, over 8,000 cars worldwide Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile today restarted production at its production facility in Trollhättan. A first batch of around 100 cars is planned for this first day of production since April 6 and Saab Automobile plans to increase the daily production rate in the coming weeks in parallel with the full re-establishment of the supply chain. Attending the restart of production were Victor Muller, CEO and Chairman of Saab Automobile, Mr. Pang Qinghua, CEO of Pang […]

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Saab test production as Hawtai tour Saab factory

I’m playing catchup here, having just arrived back in Australia. While I was in transit, representatives from Hawtai Motor Group arrived in Trollhattan and toured Saab’s factory. At the same time that was happening, Saab were recommencing limited production aimed at making sure that everything was working OK on the production line. Full production should recommence in the next week, though an exact date hasn’t been tied down as far as I know. The following was in my inbox when I got home, for distribution here in Inside Saab: —— Yesterday the production staff were on site to get information […]

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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 […]

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