New company LeanNova Engineering in Trollhättan

20 engineers from Saab led by CEO Tomas Camen (ex. Saab manager for chassis, engine installation and climate systems) has started a company called LeanNova Engibeering.
They are supported the swedish government venture Fouriertransform and the local Innovatum.

http://www.fouriertransform.se/press/pressmeddelanden/Fouriertransform-startar-LeanNova-Engineering–ett-ingenjorsbolag-i-Trollhattan/
They will be situated in Trollhättan and aims for 400 engineers in a years time when the collaborate with Saab CombiTech.
The see themselves as a unique dream-team for vehicle development. An area of strength is virtual prototyping.
This is what NyTeknik writes today.

Saablime
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4 years 8 months ago

Great to hear about the Saab people behind the scenes. Glad they’re getting back on their feet with new opportunities.

Alexandros
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4 years 8 months ago

+1

Timeshifter
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4 years 8 months ago

This is good for both parties, I think. Engineers have jobs, and SAAB (if rescued) can outsource some developments to these new settled companies.

belgian_roadster from Eupen, DG
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+1

kochje
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4 years 8 months ago

+1

Allan B
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4 years 8 months ago

+1

OliverH
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4 years 8 months ago

But they talked about Saab Combitech and not Saab Automobile

MK
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4 years 8 months ago

In TTela they say :
“There is also a way to prevent the engineers scattered. Through the company, they can be available if there is a speculator who buys the Saab factory and will restart production.

– We want to keep as much expertise as possible overall. If there is a restart of the plant, we will support it, says CEO Innovatum Helmersson.”

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fttela.se%2Fekonomi%2Fnaringsliv%2F1.1501583-nytt-bolag-for-saabingenjorer

saabdog
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4 years 8 months ago

At least they’re not engineering windmills…at least not yet, if SweGov has their way.

Peter95
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4 years 8 months ago

It makes so much sense to start a business in Trollhattan as there is so much expertise just wanting to work. If I was a business man (instead of an engineer) I would have been there doing the same.

JH
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4 years 8 months ago

Good news! The best thing is this:
“We want to keep as much expertise as possible.
If there is a restart of the factory, we will support
it,” says CEO of Innovatum Tore Helmersson.

dave lewis
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4 years 8 months ago

If these are the engineers that are responsible for the GM platform, what is to stop GM from hiring this group in the future to help design future GM chassis?

They have to eat, and it is very hard to turn down business.

Snowshoe
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4 years 8 months ago

As long as GM pays, not a problem. But I think there should be a special rate for GM though 🙂

MK
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4 years 8 months ago

If GM want help from this company I really hope Gm will get really salted bills and they can’t use it until atleast 1 year efter Saab has got the same help. 🙂

hilmar
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4 years 8 months ago

That´s an interesting step. Could they do it with other parts of the Saab plant, too ? To preserve a certain amount of people with their know-how, something like small independent working/producing plants with contracts within the automotive industry, developing and selling parts. And later on one could unite them to a new independent and growing Saab ?? Perhaps my wishful thinking.

hilmar
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4 years 8 months ago

I had a dream. LeanNova – Fouriertransform – Powercell – Innovatum – eAAM. Then Saab – one of the first fossil fuel free cars powered by fuel cells ? Encouraged by the SweGov. This would be great. 🙂

lundin
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4 years 8 months ago
In theory it is a good move and make perfect sense and can be up and running very quickly. In practive,the world of biz is more complex than forming a company and having talents and sitting in a basement doing your thing.But everything has a start of course. But to gain contracts to run a company with hundreds of people (or even 20) you need to be one of the prefered suppliers. Assume that cant be done quickly (and it can’t, that is why big industries not always is the most innovative once. This was the problem Saab was facing… Read more »
Niklas G
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4 years 8 months ago

IF Saab gets a new owner with deep pockets and the right intetntions, I guess they could sign a deal with LeanNova to go on working with Phoenix-related development.

lundin
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4 years 8 months ago

I agree Niklas, this is a win-win scenario. Lets hope it turns out that way.

ryanonsrc
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4 years 8 months ago

To me this is a very interesting bit of news, and I think it could be a very clever way to keep Saab engineers engaged and working on the Phoenix architecture as they await a restart of Saab.

dcpattie
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4 years 8 months ago
Very sad to think the 9-5 SC will very likely never be produced. Americans generally don’t like wagons but there was an opportunity for Saab with the 9-5 SC. BMW doesn’t offer the 5-series wagon in the U.S., they force you to chose between the goofy GT or the X5/X6. Volvo discontinued the V70 in the U.S. after 2010 (I owned one). Now if you want a Volvo wagon you need to go with the jacked-up XC70 (which I somewhat reluctantly purchased in Oct). And with Audi, IIRC, the new A6 avant will not make it stateside. Its either the… Read more »
cakewalker
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4 years 8 months ago

LeanNova – is this a play on words relating to looking into the abyss (of bankruptcy)? Or the action of getting to a hard-to-reach component behind the engine? It does sound like a potentially positive (and very proactive) way of preserving something worthwhile from the current situation.

saaburban
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4 years 8 months ago

Lean ova’, – Bend ova’

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