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Göteborg Saab Facility Consolidated To Trollhättan HQ

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .

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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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The “Save Saab” Gathering In Vienna, Austria

Posted on 18. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Club of Austria

The Saab Club of Austria managed to get nearly 71 Saabs in Vienna, Austria for their “Save Saab” gathering.

For more photos, please visit this link.

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The “Save Saab” Gathering In Linz, Austria

Posted on 18. Jan, 2010 by .

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There were approximately 71 Saabs in the city of Linz, Austria for the “Save Saab” convoy.

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The First Ever, Saab 9-3 Convertible Built In Sweden!

Posted on 12. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

The first ever Saab 9-3 convertible to be built in Sweden rolled off of the assembly line yesterday at the Saab factory in Trollhättan.

The Saab Convertible has historically been built in Graz, Austria from 2004-2009, and previously it was built in Uusikaupunki, Finland ever since it’s introduction in 1986.

This is a huge day for Saab Automobile and a big milestone in the history of the convertible. This car being produced in Sweden now also means that all production is now entirely in Sweden. I think that Bob Sinclair, the man behind the idea of the Saab convertible would be proud if was with us today.

Here’s the press release below:

Saab Automobile Produces its First Convertible in Trollhättan

* Production of iconic Saab Convertible begins in Trollhättan
* Increased utilization of Saab Automobile’s Trollhättan production facility

The first Saab Convertible to be built in Sweden rolled off the line at Saab Automobile’s production facility in Trollhättan today. All previous Saab Convertibles have been built outside of Sweden, first at Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland and latterly at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

During 2009, the decision was made to concentrate all Saab car production in Sweden and as a result the Saab Convertible is now being built alongside the current 9-3 and 9-5 models, plus the next generation 9-5, at Saab’s state-of-the-art manufacturing unit in Trollhättan.

Saab Automobile revealed its first four-seater Convertible as a concept car in 1983 and the production version followed in 1986. Since then, more than 250,000 Convertibles have been produced. Designed as a true four-season, all-weather soft-top, the Saab Convertible has achieved iconic status and in 2008 it accounted for 12% of sales in the European premium mid-sized convertible segment. The latest vision of Saab’s future direction in convertible design, the 9-X Convertible Concept, was shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show to great media and public acclaim.

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The Saab Automobile Factory Continues Production Today!

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .

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The Saab Automobile factory continues production today as I mentioned it would earlier, after a 4-week hiatus according to Saab Automobile as indicated on TTELA.

“The production run will also include a few all new Saab 9-5’s as well” according to Eric Geers, Saab Automobile’s Global Communications Manager.

At 8 o’clock, the first Saab 9-3 Convertible in history was built in Trollhättan, following years in Graz, Austria, and initially in Uusikaupunki, Finland. I bet the factory workers were pretty excited to built their first convertible ever in Sweden today!

In addition to the convertible, the 9-3 model range and the old 9-5 wagon will continue to be produced.

Here is the article below loosely translated:

First convertible built!

TROLLHÄTTAN amidst of all the turmoil surrounding the future took Saab Automobile in Trollhättan in to write a little company history on Monday morning.

– The first 9-3 Convertible in Trollhättan produced here today, “said Eric Geers, Communications Director at Saab Automobile.

– It was on the line at 8 o’clock.

9-3 Cab has been returned to Trollhattan, having previously been in Austria.

The start of it and other models on Monday morning came after a four-week break. It was so good it was now, a typical day at work for employees.

– We are 9-3 and one or another of the old 9-5, “said Paul Akerlund, club chairman for IF Metall.

– It can also be one of the new 9-5, “he says.

But when it is on the Test series in different pace and with more manual tasks than it could be in the future.

Parts of the tools necessary for the production of the new 9-5 is still in Germany at the Opel plant in Rüsselsheim.

While production of the drug once again in Trollhättan, Sweden on Monday morning was GM’s liquidation documents at Companies Registration Office desk in Sundsvall assessment.

– It is too early to say when we are ready to appoint a liquidator, “
said Per Nordstrom, general counsel at the SCRO.
– But it will be ready within the next few days.

Until the liquidator has been appointed managing director Jan-Ake Jonsson, Saab’s board of directors and continued control over the leadership of Saab.
The liquidation described in Trollhättan happen in an orderly manner and the aim is to achieve a so-called solvent liquidation, which means ability to pay against the creditors and customers, while the closure is done.

It is also apparent that Saab’s board of directors and CEO must not thwart a liquidation.

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Saab Automobile Factory To Resume Production Jan 11th

Posted on 30. Dec, 2009 by .

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Saab History has learned that the Saab Automobile factory is to resume production on January 11th, 2010.

According to Eric Geers at Saab, the factory will resume production on the the following models. The 2010 Saab 9-3x, the 2010 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan & SportCombi, and the 2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible recently moved from Austria.

It has also been confirmed that the all new Saab 9-5 will not be in production on January 11th as it is scheduled to begin full production in April.

Of course, all of this is depends on the outcome with the new buyer for Saab Automobile which we hope is completed next week.

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Saab Automobile Stops Production For 4 Weeks

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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According to SVT in Sweden, Saab Automobile has apparently stopped production for the next four weeks.

The reasoning behind this work stoppage which is normal during this time of year, is to allow the transfer to full-time production of the all new Saab 9-5 which we’ve seen in pre-production models thathave already rolled off the line in addition to the Saab 9-3 Convertible which is being transferred from Graz, Austria.

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Saab stops production at the factory in Trollhattan during four weeks at the end of the year.

Production resumed again in the second week into the new year.

The reason is that the factory need to be prepared for the production of the new 9-5 and the convertible model of the 9-3 who moved from Austria to Trollhättan.

“It is no strange and all stakeholders are informed as to what applies,” says Eric Geers, Director of Communications for Saab, told Dagens Industri.

Usually, Saab halt production for two weeks at Christmas and New Year holidays.

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The First Official Photo Of All New 9-5 Produced In Sweden

Posted on 28. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The first official photo of the all new Saab 9-5 produced at the factory in Trollhättan, Sweden has come out and Auto Motor & Sport has provided it.

This is certainly a better photo than the earlier one we had here on Saab History this week. It was certainly nice to see everyone so happy!

Saab 9-5, first manufactured in Trollhättan
Pär Brandt – 2009-11-27 16:05

A few days ago was mounted on the first “real” Saab 9-5 at the factory. Previously, staff trained in the prototype workshop on the new car, with a dozen training cars, but now it is officially launched production of Saab’s new 9-5.

The first “real” Saab 9-5 has rolled the tape in Trollhättan. Production Stig Runesson, next to the far right, leaving the symbolic over the keys to Anders Svensson (right) who is responsible for production.

Saab Automobile is most associated with black doomsday headlines, and sometimes it’s easy to forget what business is that all about – building cars. Therefore, it is not without a certain pride that Saab now reports that they had built the first “real” Saab 9-5 on the tape. Production of the new model is officially launched, that is.

Parallel to the development of the car has been preparing to produce the car, with all that implies. Total work has been going on for four years and got extra boost last fall when it became clear that production would be moved from the Opel factory in Rüsselsheim to Saab’s own factory in Trollhättan. Some tools were made in duplicate in order to produce the Opel Insignia in Rüsselsheim and 9-5 in Trollhattan, but the extra cost paid by the Saab before GM entered its reorganization during the summer.

A dozen bodies were pressed in Rüsselsheim before the final move was carried out in autumn, from Germany to Trollhättan. Before that, the Opel factory “hand built” around 50 9-5: or used to test and crash tests, and exhibitions. The ten body structures has been working as “guinea pigs” in Saab’s prototype workshop where they built up and dismantled several times to train staff on the new model. These first cars were built at Saab’s prototype shop, which resembles a “mini factory” with the same workstations as the major production line.

The next time performed a series of tests, “a hundred cars, all pre-fixed to selected internal customers within the organization. Then start the production of regular customers and if all goes as hoped with Saab ownership can soon bring full speed at the factory again.

Saab’s production line is the so-called “flexible”, it means that all models can be mixed and incorporated into any number on the same line. This makes it easy to adapt production to demand. Right now produced 9-3 Sport Sedan, 9-3, 9-3X, ‘old’ 9-5 SportCombi and the new 9-5. In the spring you should also start building 9-3 Convertible, which moved up from Magna in Austria.

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