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Saab History On Swedish Government’s Position On Saab

Posted on 17. Feb, 2009 by .

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This past December, I was delighted to see the Swedish Government come through with a financial support plan for Saab. This plan was offered, after the whole discussion on possibly nationalizing Saab which there were a number of media sources covering. We learned shortly after the presentation of the financial support plan that the Swedish Government did not want to “own” Saab, but would help if necessary.

The news over the past two weeks referencing the Swedish Government’s position, specifically Maud Oloffsson, Fredrik Reinfeldt’s & Göran Hägglund,( the leader of the Swedish Center Party’s) statements have really surprised me because they are almost an entire 180 from their position late last year.

However, it’s Sweden’s State Secretary Jöran Hägglund (not to be confused with Göran spelled with a G instead of a J, thank you JV), that still gives me some optimism about Saab Automobile’s future.

I am hoping that the Swedish government makes the right decision sooner than later, because there is a lot at stake for them if they make the wrong decision.

I mentioned earlier that although I am a proponent of nationalizing Saab, at this point, all I am looking for is for the Swedish Government to show their support and for Saab Automobile to succeed in their efforts to be independent. I believe it is the Swedish Government’s responsibility to their people to support Saab, much like it was when they began. Why do I say that it is the Swedish Government’s responsibility, well a precident was set when the company began.

Since 1947, Saab Automobile has been inextricably linked with its Swedish roots as an innovative and progressive automobile company. The heritage of Saab Automobile originally began in 1937 as an aircraft company. The formation of Saab was in response to the immediate requirements of the Swedish Government during the War, so it’s foundations began as a byproduct of the Government’s needs for economic and societal security (funded by the government).

While there is no question that Saab is a Swedish brand, the dire straights that the parent company (General Motors) is currently in, could mean the end of Saab. This could effectively end 60+ years of uniquely Swedish innovations, engineering and significant contributions to the automotive industry as a whole. Not only will there be an economic void of monumental proportions, there will also be a total loss of national pride and identity for the country of Sweden.

Across Sweden, industry, academia and Government will all be affected if Saab were to be no more. It is clear that reversing this trend is the best way for Saab to maintain its unique Swedish design, engineering, innovation and identity. I believe that Sweden supporting Saab Automobile, is the proper and most suitable method in order to continue economic security for the country.

If the Swedish government is truly serious about meeting their goals of economic and environmental security & sustainability, much like they were back in 1937, they will move quickly to support their Saab Automobile company.

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Joran Hagglund, Sweden’s State Secretary On Saab Tomorrow

Posted on 17. Feb, 2009 by .

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Joran Hagglund, the state secretary, opposed to Göran Hägglund, the Swedish Center Party, who is actually fighting for Saab Automobile AB’s success has recently talked withreported to Reuters.

Joran Hagglund says that he does not expect Saab to be sold or liquidated in the GM Business plan that will be announced tomorrow.

This is good news, and is probably the only good news coming from a Swedish Government official over the past few weeks. It is my hopes that his wishes trump those of Maud Olofsson, Fredrik Reinfeldt and Göran Hägglund tomorrow when the GM business plan is delivered to the U.S. Treasury.

Joran Hagglund, state secretary of the Swedish Industry Ministry, said he did not expect GM’s restructuring plan, which it must submit by Tuesday in exchange for billions of dollars in federal loans, to include a proposal for Saab and other non-core assets to be liquidated or sold under protection of a bankruptcy court.

“Now I don’t think this is a likely scenario tomorrow. But if that is the case, it will be a process where they work out which parts they will keep and which they will not keep,
” Hagglund said in an interview with Reuters.

Hagglund dismissed a report from public service broadcaster SVT at the weekend that negotiations had broken down.

“It is of course the case that GM has a fair bit on its hands back home, which affects how much time and effort they can put into this,” he said of the talks. “But we are continuing the discussions and we will have to see how they formulate the plan that they are to present tomorrow.”

Hagglund said the plans being readied by GM ahead of the Tuesday deadline were likely to include statements on how the group would manage overseas operations such as Saab, but that this did not mean negotiations needed to be concluded by then.

The state secretary repeated that the Swedish state would not become the owner of any car company.

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Göran Hägglund on Swedish Government & GM Talks

Posted on 16. Feb, 2009 by .

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Göran Hägglund, the leader of the Swedish Center Party (not the Jöran Hägglund of the Swedish Ministry), says today that the Swedish Government cannot put money into a company that does very little business in Sweden.

He also says that the conversation with General Motors is at an interesting stage, but if there is another option on the table, he has no idea what it is. I actually thought he was more integrated into these discussions than I thought.

Here is his piece from Trollhattan, Sweden’s own TTELA:

Dual on Saab’s future

“We are anxious to keep the automotive industry,” said Social Affairs Göran Hägglund on Saab crisis. At the same time he says “we can not shovel money into a company that does not do any action in Sweden.”

– We are extremely keen to find a way that allows us to maintain the extremely important vehicle industry in Sweden. We have enormous knowledge structure as it comes to finding ways to keep here, “said Social Affairs Göran Hägglund (KD) during a visit in Vänersborg in the afternoon.

– The conversation with GM is in an interesting stage, but if there is one or the other option, I have no idea of. And we can not shovel money into a company that does not do any action in Sweden. The outcome of these talks I would not have any idea about, “said Göran Hägglund.

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