December 21, 2011 in News
The first thing that happened today was that all employees were let go, this is a natural step in order for the governmental salary-fund to be able to work. However none of the employees have been paid yet, and the deadline for the banks to be able to issue the money to the employees before x-mas is at 17:00 today.
Rachel Pang and Johan Nylén arrived in Trollhättan today and are as I write this meeting with the administrators and Victor Muller. They have a very though job ahead of them and several different solutions will be discussed. The largest obstacle in their efforts to Save Saab is clearly GM, BUT, since all the employees were let go, there is also a time-constraint that is extremely important. Several key people are needed if the production is every to be able to restart. These people are now actively looking for new jobs, who can blame them right? And if Saab is to survive and be able to produce cars in the future, these people are absolutely essential. One of them is my own father and the dedication he and his colleagues are showing towards Saab is just unbelievable, for now, most of them are just riding out the storm and keep observing how things develop. All they want in the end is to build cars in Trollhättan again!
There were rumors that Turkish interests wanted to buy pieces of Saab’s technology. This has now been denied by Turkish Ministers. I personally have lived and worked in Turkey for about a year back in 2008 and I feel that the Turkish thoughts about buying technology and such is a nice one, but this type of technology is extremely advanced and I’m not sure if those companies interested would just be wasting their time buying technology and not the means to implement it, which is the factory itself.
The biggest issue for us fans right now is no doubt what will happen with the Saab Museum. We have received lots of e-mails concerning this matter and I spent most of the night trying to answer as many of them as possible, I’m sorry that not everyone got an answer. All I can tell you so far is that Victor Muller is, as we stated yesterday in an article, trying to sell Saab as a complete package, and the Museum is included in that package. If he would be able to do so, I can promise you that we would be one of the first to know and we have over the last 6 months looked over several possibilities on how we as fans could actually buy some or perhaps all of the cars in the museum. Because of the bankruptcy all debts with Saab has been cleared and the museum is no longer forced to sell its inventory to the highest bidder, but the administrators can choose to sell it to the most suitable candidate. We in the SU Crew have had good contact with Peter Bäckström, the custodian of the Museum as well as with lawyers, clubs and other parties in order to find the best way to actually safeguard the cars for the future. We have a plan that we know works! It will be a considerable effort, the biggest one in my life and it will require great sacrifice in terms of money for the fans, but there is a plan B!
As a last note I want everyone to make sure that you keep the 14th and the 15th of January cleared in your calendar! BIG things are about to happen!