Saab-Scania Malmö plant plant in Sweden – 1990

Posted on 02. Jan, 2007 by in 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 900, Malmö, Sweden, Sweden

This is an interesting story I recently found on the topic of Saab Automobile’s former factory in Malmö, Sweden in 1990.

I have provided some architectural renderings done by the original architects of the facility that I managed to take photos of back in the summer of 2005 at the Saab Festival in Trollhättan, Sweden along with a video from our archive on the Malmö Factory.

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Saab facilities designed to keep workers happy – Saab’s Malmo plant plant in Sweden – 1990

MALMO, Sweden – Saab-Scania Ab’s new car assembly plant here features escalators that carry workers between floors, microwave-equipped kitchenettes and tree-lined ponds and walkways: obvious signs that this isn’t a typical factory.

But this plant and Saab’s recently opened engine plant in Sodertalje are the wave of the future – at least in Sweden.

Like counterpart AB Volvo’s facility in Uddevalla, Saab’s new plants are designed primarily to keep Swedish production workers happy and on the job. The goal at the assembly plant here is to cut absenteeism in half – now running an average of 25% – in the first year of operation.

“It’s important for Saab to attract competent men and women,” says Jan-Erik Larsson, chief executive and general manager-Saab Car Div. “If we win the labor battle, Saab has a chance to become a winner. ”

Some 1 billion kronas ($153.8 million) was invested in converting the former shipbuilding facility to car production, and another 700 million kronas ($107.7 million) was doled out to upgrade the nearby Trollhattan plant that provides 900 model bodies to Malmo for final assembly. Malmo replaces Saab’s 23-year-old car plant in Arlov, which will be closed in the first quarter of 1990.

Source: Ward’s Auto World, Jan, 1990 by David E. Zoia

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One Response to “Saab-Scania Malmö plant plant in Sweden – 1990”

  1. andreea

    29. May, 2010

    I’m doing a study on Malmo, about how the city developed and I’ve searched for ages something about it’s history….images, plans, somthing….your images on Saab factory are very helpfull and I just wanted to say that you had a grate inspiration by taking them;

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