Production *Should* Start Next Wednesday

This according to Gunnar Brunius, Saab’s purchasing manager and production director. According to DI, the money for the first Saabs was wired from Pang Da. This effectively quashes claims from skeptics who thought the deal too good to be true (read: TTAC). From DI:

“I expect the plant to begin production on Wednesday of next week since they’ve come to the Saab on Tuesday this week,” said Gunnar Brunius, Purchasing and Production Manager at Saab Automobile to DI.

On Tuesday, he initiates the process of agreeing with Saab’s 800 suppliers so that they start to deliver the components again after a six-week shutdowns.

The major suppliers, including IAC, Sweden, Plastal and car seat manufacturer Lear, are invited to personal meetings, while many other contacts are handled through e-mail.

“Many of them will certainly take up demands for immediate cash payment, or nearly so,” said Svenåke Berglie, president of Automotive Component Group [FKG].

The plan is that Saab will begin production at a level of 230-240 cars per day.

This may be optimistic, but for Gunnar Brunius to give a mid-next week target date, they must be reasonably confident that they can make it.

johan
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5 years 4 months ago

Is Gunnar Brunius really the purchasing manager? Sure he is the production director, but I firmly believe Kjell-Åke Eriksson is the purchasing manager (inköpschef) at Saab. I think DI got it wrong. Or did I get it wrong?

Red J
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5 years 4 months ago

I think, even if Mr Brunnius is not the Purchasing manager, at this point he is the one responsible for the restart of the production, and this is, imho, the only reason why he is talking to the suppliers.
He may have to produce the cars he can get parts for, till the whole supplier chain works once again at normal peace, and having an extra communication layer between production and suppliers is not the best thing now.

SAAB_Andee
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5 years 4 months ago

But Gunnar Brunius is the chief of production – and if he is optimistic -we also should be optimistic

Tim
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5 years 4 months ago

Hope so. I’m eagerly waiting for my car 🙂

Red J
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5 years 4 months ago

BTW, I don’t know why we (SAABSunited) keep mentioning TTaC.
TTaC doesn’t like SAAB.

Bill H
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5 years 4 months ago

Who is TTaC?

Oh, you must mean Testosteronic Twits at Computers! 😉

Red J
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5 years 4 months ago

They call themselves
The Truth about Cars

Which is wrong as there is no truth about cars. 😉

BoeBoe
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5 years 4 months ago

Pang Da says it will take 2(!) weeks to wire the money…

Pang Da said the first EUR30 million will come within two weeks, and could wire EUR 15 million Saab cars can buy within 30 days, said Wang.

According to the statement Monday Pang Da need the authorization of the Department of Commerce, the supervisor of China’s foreign currency trading and the National Development and Reform Commission.

“We started these supervisors to consult on the approval procedures, ” he said. “For the first time we made ​​such an investment and we do not really know how it works.”

Source: Dow Jones Newswires
Via: http://www.rtl.nl/components/financien/rtlz/nieuws/2011/20/pang-da_geen-goedkeuring-overheid-nodig-om-saabampapos_s-te-kopen-dowjones882404.xml

Tim
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5 years 4 months ago

Within doesn’t mean it will take two weeks. It will take a maximum of two weeks, so it also could happen today or tomorrow.

Peter, Sweden
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5 years 4 months ago

Yesterday Victor told SVT that he was 100% sure the money was is going to be on Saab’s account today (Tuesday)…

BoeBoe
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5 years 4 months ago

That can be. But that is something Muller said yesterday (so it is in the past).
Today the Chinese say it may take up to 2 weeks.

You don’t say something like that when you wired the money a day earlier…

Red J
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Boe,
your source is a little bit confusing, imo.

First sentence is:

Pang Da doesn’t need the authorization of the Chinese government to buy
Saab cars.

Further below, and using your own translation

According to the statement Monday Pang Da need the authorization of the Department of Commerce, the supervisor of China’s foreign currency trading and the National Development and Reform Commission.

????

StefanH STHLM
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5 years 4 months ago

And there were
46 (YTD 113) Saabs sold in Denmark in April 2011.
14 (YTD 45) in April 2010.

http://www.bilimp.dk/press/content.asp?bilag=137
http://bmsg.se/saab_sales.pdf

kaiger
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5 years 4 months ago

In VM’s speech to the empolees on Inside Saab he says:

– The required negotiations with suppliers, as well as supplier ramp-up time mean that it could take several weeks for production to recommence.

Confsuing…everyone tells sth. else. Same procedure as before…

BoeBoe
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5 years 4 months ago

No surprise here…

zippy
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5 years 4 months ago

Several weeks? Hmmmm. 🙁

Peter, Sweden
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5 years 4 months ago

Yesterday Victor said both “a couple of days” and “approximately a week”…
History repeating — too much is being said.

BoeBoe
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5 years 4 months ago

@Red J: Pang Da does not need authorization to buy cars from Saab, but they do need authorization for the others plans they have:
– 24% shareholding
– The 2 Joint Ventures

The Google Translation is not so good I’m afraid 😉
Pang Da also claims they have not send any money yet to Saad and the will do so in the following two weeks.

Red J
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5 years 4 months ago

With Dutch I don’t rely 100% on Google, which is good, as Google sometimes forgets the not in the sentence. 😉

Nissi
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5 years 4 months ago

The original Chinese text (I hope) with the notice of Pang Da´s possible changed payment timetable to SAAB: “Pang Da will make the first payment of EUR30 million within two weeks, and could buy up to EUR15 million worth of Saab cars within 30 days, Wang said” from Beijing (Dow Jones) is available here.

stryker1180
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5 years 4 months ago

Is 200+ cars/day a lot? My worry would be parts getting forgotten in the rush to knock out so many per day.

JH
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5 years 4 months ago

No it is not a lot, but at the same levels Saab were before the production stoppage. I believe that at maximum capacity Saab can produce around 900 cars/day in Trollhättan.

Red J
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5 years 4 months ago

I think the maximum is 38 cars per hour. 240 cars per day can be done at 30 cars per hour in 8 hours or 24 per hour in 10 hours.

Peter, Sweden
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5 years 4 months ago

But if it would be needed, they would work in three shifts, don’t you think? That would result in 912 cars built per day.

BoeBoe
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5 years 4 months ago

How long was the production stop in 2009/2010? Three months? And it took Saab almost 6 months to be up to speed again. And they should be able to do it in 2 weeks?

solvy
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5 years 4 months ago

different situation. in 2009/2010 gm had already started the closure of saab, so all contracts were cancelled and most of the machines for the production of the 9-5 were in rüsselsheim.

OurMoldySaab
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5 years 4 months ago

It’s not just Mr. BS that is bent on seeing Saab fail. The other editor of TTAC Ed Niedermeyer is equally pessimistic. When confronted in the comment section about his unnecessary negative and untruthful remarks, he doesn’t really do much to dispel the fact that he just wants to see Saab fail.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/saab-recasts-itself-as-budget-chinese-export-brand/

JH
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5 years 4 months ago

The Truth About Cars should change its name to The Alleged Truth About Cars.

Saab_Soul
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5 years 4 months ago
Saab alreade “producing” cars? I just read an article from Swedish AMS about 9-4X. http://www.automotorsport.se/news/22722/saab-9-4x–bäst-någonsin/ In the second paragraph counted from the end the article says in Swedish “Glädjande nog har den (9-4X) redan gått i produktion, i måndags faktiskt. Fast inte i Trollhättan utan i Mexico”. In English that is “Happily, the (9-4X) has already gone into production, last Monday actually. Althogh not in Trollhättan but in Mexico.” Why is this important? Because it enables som sale and will start filling up Saabs depleted cash coffin. According to my knowledge Saab has a fairly good margin on the 9-4X… Read more »
JH
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5 years 4 months ago

You are absolutely correct. Let’s just hope that the 9-4X is so good that it will sell well despite the uncertainty at the moment. 🙂

74StingSaab
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5 years 4 months ago

🙂 If i may be so blunt to say ” My crappy day at work ended when I came home and read this.”

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