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Göteborg Saab Facility Consolidated To Trollhättan HQ

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .



Photo Credits: Saab History

As Saab Automobile completes its facilities consolidation, the Mölnlycke office in Pixbo/Göteborg office has finally closed and the approximately 100 people that worked there, have moved to the headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden according to TTELA.

This process started last fall as reported here on Saab History and has taken time to completely phase out. At one point, these offices included up to 125 people including the former Saab design team.

Nearly 100 people have moved up to the Trollhättan factory in Mölnlycke.

Yesterday, it was those in finance & marketing that have moved from Pixbo in Mölnlycke to Trollhättan. In total, nearly 100 people have thus moved up to Trollhättan.

Saab’s business plan included efforts to concentrate its operations geographically to Trollhättan to have all operations and employees close to each other. Production has also taken home the manufacture and development of models from Germany and Austria to Trollhattan, which also will be emphasized in marketing which recognizes the mark as genuinely Swedish.

But even the more geographically related activities conducted in the office of Pixbo outside Gothenburg has gradually moved from there up to Trollhättan. Even before the design department had moved away and in the process of creating the new Saab so now people in financial, marketing department and in the aftermarket gradually started to move up to Trollhättan. Yesterday marked the last day for most of those who worked there in Pixbo and a move to Trollhättan.

For the Union, it is about one hundred members now been transferred to Trollhättan. A slight chance to work down there in the Gothenburg area will remain.

– There will be no teleworking, “says Ms Gustav’s information department.

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Saab’s Goteborg & Stockholm Offices Consolidated

Posted on 01. Sep, 2009 by .


Photo Credit: Saab History

TTELA reports this morning that Saab Automobile’s Göteborg & Stockholm offices are to be consolidated.

The Göteborg office for Saab Automobile AB has 125 people in it and it is near Mölnlycke/Pixbo area close to the airport. In this office, the marketing, sales and design staff are located.

Saab Automobile AB Sales, Marketing & Design – Kvarnbacken 2, 43542 Mölnlycke, Sweden‎ – 031-354 00 00‎

The Stockholm, Sweden office is basically a GM Nordic office with about 25 peolpe in it, and so that will be rightfully consolidated to Trollhattan, Sweden as well.

General Motors Norden AB Årstaängsv. 17 11743 Stockholm, Sweden 08-632 85 00

These two offices will be relocated to Trollhättan, Sweden as a continued consolidation and centralization of everything Saab to where it all began.

It’ll be nice to hear that there will be a new separate design facility in Trollhattan. I wonder if this will be utilizing the existing former site of the “Saab Advanced Concept Center” that is located near the Saab Car Museum?

Here’s the piece from TTELA.

Saab Automobile in Trollhättan only

Trollhättan Saab Automobile concentrating all its activities to Trollhättan, reported Dagens Industri.

Offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg closed, but all the staff offered to move with. In total, 150 people.

Concerned departments in the Gothenburg area is the marketing department who had an office in Gothenburg and parts of the design department in Pixbo, Mölnlycke outside.

– We will include building a separate, new capacity Design in Trollhattan, “said Eric Geers, Communications Director at Saab Autommobile.

Saab has also taken on a new charge of sales in Sweden. Former Director Patrik Riese ended a few weeks ago and went to Volkswagen. Instead, many old Saab employee Kjell-Ake Eriksson, responsible for sales in Sweden.

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Saab 9-3x Billboard Spotted Near Göteborg Airport

Posted on 04. May, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Adam H

Adam H of Saab Automobile has recently provided Saab History a wonderful photo of the Saab 9-3x on a billboard outside of the Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden.

This billboard is also very close to where Saab Automobile AB’s advertising, marketing, sales and design office is located in nearby Mölnlycke, Sweden.

I am guessing this billboard was in plain view to all of the prospective visitors as they departed from the Landvetter Airport in Göteborg as they headed North to Trollhättan? If so, good planning over the past three weeks?

A thank you to Adam for the photograph, it must be exciting times at Saab Automobile Sweden at both this office and the main facilities in Trollhättan.

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The 11 GM Global Design Centers

Posted on 23. Feb, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: GM Design

Bryan Nesbitt, GM’s Vice President of Design in North America has recently provided Saab History with his wonderful presentation that he showed at the Boston Auto Show back in November of 2007 during the 2008 9-3 Turbo-X Launch.

I have decided to provide this information over time, beginning with this post that includes the visual above that illustrates the 11 Global Design Centers of General Motors.

Out of these design centers, as far as Saab Automobile is concerned, the Pixbo Design Center in Molnlycke, Sweden just outside of Göteborg as well as the GM Europe Design Center in Russelheim, Germany are where the future Saab products are designed today.

These two design centers work together in concert with all of the members that comprise the Saab Brand Center also in Sweden to best communicate that design language in all of the right places.

It is also interesting to note that I have discovered while visiting the GM Heritage Center in Michigan, that besides their archives for Saab Automobile, each of these design centers have their own archives as well. It would be nice to find out whether either the Pixbo or the GM Europe Design center archives, happen to have Sixten Sason’s and Rolf Melde’s original drawings and engineering blueprints for the first SAAB 92 on hand.

A very special thank you to Bryan Nesbitt as well as the staff at the GM Design Center in North America for sharing this material with us here. This presentation many of us enjoyed back at Boston was just too good to not share with the readers on Saab History. I hope this posting provides some clarity in terms of where Saab Automobile’s design process takes place within General Motors, globally.

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Saab History Interviews Eric Geers

Posted on 19. Jan, 2008 by .


Film Credit: Saab History

Eric Geers, the Director of Communications for Saab Automobile AB, offered up his time to speak with Saab History about the direction of Saab Automobile and the level of global committment of General Motors towards the Saab brand.

His direct and thorough clarification of Saab’s focus today in relation to their past was quite impressive to hear, especially on the idea of what exactly happens at the “Saab Brand Center” in Sweden.

A thank you to Eric Geers for his time and committment to the brand, as well as Saab Automobile, General Motors and of my site sponsor Saab Colorado, Inc.

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Saab Designer Profile – Simon Padian

Posted on 12. Nov, 2007 by .


padian_200.jpgSimon Padian began his career with Saab Automobile AB 18 years ago in May of 1989 as a designer. Since then he has worked in a number of capacities, then left Saab to work with Cadillac for 11 months, and finally returned back to Saab Automobile in April of 1999 where he worked at the Advanced Concept Center.

Today, Simon Padian is Saab Automobile AB’s current design director and he was most recently responsible for oversight over the redesign of the new 2008 Saab 9-3.

At this time it is understood that he is working at the Saab Design Center in Molnlycke (Pixbo), Sweden just outside of Göteborg.

In June of 2007, Lowe Brindfors, Saab Automobile AB’s advertising & marketing arm, made a promotional video that features the 2008 Saab 9-3 unveiling as well as Simon Padian describing the design features of the refreshed 2008 Saab 9-3.

Here is a brief biography of Simon Padian provided by Saab Automobile AB

Date of birth 7th Feb. 1965
Place of birth Flitwick, England
Family Married to Anna-Lena, one son, Elvin
Current position Saab Director Design
Date of employment 1st may 1989
Aug 2005 – Present Saab Director Design
may 2002 – aug 2005 Head of Project Design, Saab Automobile AB.
nov 1999 – may 2002 Chief Designer Carline 1, Saab Automobile AB.
april 1999 – nov 1999 Lead designer, Saab Advanced Concept Center.
march1998- feb 1999 Assignment to GM, Cadillac Design Studio Warren, Detroit.
may 1989 – march 1998 Designer. Saab Automobile AB.
jan.1988 – may 1989 Designer, Kick Design, Holland..
july 1987 – dec 1987 Designer, BSTE Ltd. England.
march 86 – sep 86 Designer, Abtech 84 Ltd.(Training placement).

1983 – 1987 Coventry University, England
(BA Honours Industrial design Transportation)

Mountain biking, Travel, Architecture, Interior Design, Cooking, Home renovation, skiing.

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Saab Design Center – Mölnlycke, Sweden

Posted on 15. Jun, 2007 by .



In 2000, the Saab Advanced Design Team relocated from within the Saab factory complex in Trollhättan to a facility just outside the city of Göteborg. in Mölnlycke, Sweden.

Today the Saab Design Center facility not only includes the Saab Advanced Design Team, but also the Global Sales & Marketing teams and employs approximately 120 people.

The members of Saab Advanced Design Team that have worked in this facility include Michael Mauer, Anthony Lo, Ola Granlund, Simon Padian and Alex Daniel and others on projects such as the Saab 9-X, Saab 9-3X, Saab 9-3 SportHatch and the Aero-X.

In 2005, the Saab Automobile “Brand Center” was also established as a way to preserve the heritage and scandinavian design cues in all future Saab Automobile models. It has been carefully explained to Saab History that this center is not a physical building or facility but an integrated and iterative design process between the Saab Design Center in Mölnlycke and Technical Development Center & Factory in Trollhättan.

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Saab Brand Center to open in Sweden

Posted on 20. Jun, 2005 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB


Saab Brand Center to open in Sweden

In concert with this announcement, GM Europe will also establish a global Saab Brand Center in Sweden. This will be the epicenter of the Saab brand and will house a strategic design team that will concentrate on Saab-specific design.

“From a designer’s perspective, Saab has such a rich history to build upon,” said Nesbitt. “Therefore, we plan to ensure that future Saabs maintain this DNA, accentuating their aircraft heritage and the Scandinavian design aesthetics that have helped Saab challenge the mainstream for nearly 60 years.”

In addition to Saab designers, the Saab Brand Center will house a core team of engineers and marketers who will work in close collaboration to develop, evolve and maintain the Saab brand character in all areas – from developing future product proposals to ensuring consistent communication across the globe.

“The sole focus of Saab’s new Brand Center is to create an environment where Saab specialists can focus specifically on what makes Saab unique and, therefore, help ensure we maintain these qualities in everything we do: design, engineering, marketing communications and more,” said Forster.

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