Saab to resume production at Trollhattan plant
The statement posted by Saabs United didn’t give much (any) information but it was announced that Saab and parent company SWAN would be opening the doors to their Trollhattan assembly plant to a small group of workers who could be tasked with building the last Saab vehicles ever built. In total, there are rumored to be around 100 vehicles partially assembled at the Saab plant and this select group of Saab production workers will get to work a final handful of shifts before the company is put to rest via the bankruptcy procedure.
This move does not come as a huge surprise as Saab moves through the bankruptcy procedures as raw, unused materials have value and completed vehicles have value but a partially completed car is worthless and those components are no longer of any value…so to send what few workers they can afford back to the plant to complete those in-progress vehicles technically gives them more items from which to raise money. Also, considering that Saab sold their Trollhattan production facility to an investment firm a few months ago in order to try to raise money to pay their bills, that new owning company may want their building empty if Saab isn’t going to be resuming full production in the future. However, having followed Saab’s death march since it began early in 2011, I’m surprised to hear that new Saab models are being built – even though the reason for production makes perfect sense.