At the hub of Saab Automobile Parts AB

In Nyköping many years ago a company called ANA: Aktiebolaget Nyköpings Automobil Fabrik (Nyköpings Car-factory Inc.) was formed with over 3500 employees, where CKD cars, basically kit-cars which were bought from various parts of the world, assembled and sold in Sweden. The products could vary from Simka, Dodge, Van Guard etc. The company had dealerships called ANA located in Linköping, Nyköping, Södertälje, Trollhättan etc…

These dealerships were very good at selling and servicing cars. Saab in Trollhättan started building cars about the same time but sold its cars through a dealership-chain called Filipssons, however they weren’t very good at what they did, so when ANA stopped producing cars Saab decided to purchase the dealership chain.

Once Saab took over, the facility in Nyköping became the main location for its parts-management. In the 80s the facility in Nyköping grew and some parts production was placed there, until the early 90s where most of these in-house production was leased out. 

Saab Automobile Parts Nyköping

First of all: Parts availability is good and Saab Automobile Parts AB cover all major markets that used to sell new Saabs. Tim and I met with Lennart Ståhl, the CEO of Saab Automobile Parts AB, on the afternoon of Monday April 23rd. One of the things we learned is just how big the facility in Nyköping, Sweden is. On an average day the company typically see about 50 trucks arriving carrying between 1000-1200 deliveries from the roughly counted 1700 suppliers. The same amount of trucks leave with parts, now en-route to the customers. The order system peaks at about 12’000 orders per day, which usually happens at the beginning of the week.

Every Monday an inventory check is performed for each model to look for back-orders. E.g. the week we visited SP, the 9-5 had 30 items on back-order. Most of these will be restocked immediately (perhaps even the same day), but a handful remain a problem such as the notorious HUD windshield for left hand drive markets. Work is still in progress on coming up with a good alternative for HUD-equipped 9-5s, but so far the process involving the reflective coating has proven difficult to solve. The 9-5 parts catalogue covers 7000+ items from a wide range of suppliers.

Saab Automobile Parts AB support a total 1200 workshops in 63 markets around the worlds over 1.2 million cars. Roughly 350 people work at Saab Automobile Parts AB around the world.

The racks extend 93.6m back and reign 20.6m tall
The racks extend 93.6m back and reign 20.6m tall

The facility has grown over the years. After GM completed the purchase of Saab Automobile in 2000, the Nyköping facility has exclusively dealt with spare parts. With Spyker’s purchase in 2009, Saab Automobile Parts AB was established as a separate entity and thus financially shielded from the aftermath of the bankruptcy of its mother company.

One of the major challenges post-Spyker has been the North American market. Saab Cars North America owned the exclusive rights to import parts for Saabs. Only when the bankruptcy court released those rights were Saab Automobile Parts AB able to form a new company – Saab Parts North America – to fill the gap.

As Jason Powell reported, SPNA has a huge warehouse in Allentown, PA. Jason tells me that Allentown’s current fill rate is 95% and increasing. It is worth pointing out that when a dealer in the US checks the system it only reports what can be found in Allentown. A low number (or even ‘zero’) is not necessarily representative of what Saab Automobile Parts AB can supply. It usually means more parts are on the way. Even when shipped from Sweden, if an order is marked as “Vehicle Off Road” the part is usually shipped by air and will arrive the next day.

Another issue is that in the normal lifespan of a part, some suppliers are swapped as the factory winds down production of the model that uses that part. Many of the factory’s suppliers require a steady flow of production and are simply not equipped to handle short bursts of production of relatively small volumes. The factory’s production halt in 2011 had wide-reaching consequences that took a little time to sort out.

As can be seen from the drawing, the facility consists of several warehouses, first section which in the middle was built in 1976 which housed a total 20’000 square meters. In the mid-80s more sections were added. The whole area is divided into segments of 10’000 square meters which houses its own fire fighting system which does not even have to rely upon the standard fire-fighting system in the city. The facility has a built in sprinkler system with reservoir tank of 6000 cubic meters of water.

The Two of the warehouses are equipped with robots fetching and storing items on the shelves with impressive speed. A third warehouse is a mix between humans with forklifts reaching the first four shelves and the upper shelves managed by a robot restocking the lower shelves as needed. Eventually the smaller parts are carried to the packaging area where the staff fills up shipping containers as indicated by the computer software.

Meet 'Donna', the autonomous drone that happily scoots crates of parts around all day from one warehouse to another.
Meet ‘Donna’, one of the autonomous drones that happily scoots crates of parts around all day from one warehouse to another.

A crate loaded with parts fetched from the matrix (these racks are 109m long, 21m tall and have a capacity of 16500 pallets)
A crate loaded with parts fetched from the matrix (these racks are 109m long, 21m tall and have a capacity of 16500 pallets)

One of six (in this warehouse) automatic cranes dropping making a drop-off
One of six (in this warehouse) automatic cranes making a drop-off

Lock cylinder assemblyThere are also various workshops on the premises. One takes care of the final configuration and assembly of lock cylinders. Each cylinder contains its own unique little code that is programmed using different shaped inserts. Every insert is installed with its own little spring and the end result can of course only be unlocked using the corresponding key.

Mr Ståhl also told us that the number of authorized Saab workshops is increasing steadily. There are on-line training courses that are used to educate mechanics who wants to start working with Saabs. In addition a few tools are needed, such as Parts & Service Information, Diagnostic Tools and Special Tools.

Shipping and sorting
Shipping and sorting

All the parts of an order are dispatched to one of many packaging areas and the operator fills boxes as directed.
All the parts of an order are dispatched to one of many packaging areas and the operator fills boxes as directed.

End of the line
End of the line

Finally, before the OG9-5 tools were shipped off to BAIC in China, Saab Automobile Parts AB put in an order for a large number of body parts to last us customers a life-time. Similarly, the factory has been producing 9-3 and NG9-5 body parts following the bankruptcy and NEVS’ acquisition of Saab Automobile. These parts are plentiful and drivers of Saab can once again safely engage ‘ramming speed’ as deemed fit, without worrying about the availability of spare parts.

Daniel B
Member
3 years 4 months ago

One windshield for HUD/ LDW/ SR as well as new heaters for the front seats please! 😉

phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Have you placed orders for these with your Saab dealer?

923m
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Tim, from what I’ve read on the NG 9-5 Facebook group, there was a discussion at the Saab Carlisle PA event held last weekend about the availability of NG 9-5 windshields. Apparently they exist but are tangled up legally in the wake of the bankruptcy. Until that’s sorted out there won’t be any windshields. Is this correct? Does someone (like you) have any further info that you could share?

rune
Member
3 years 4 months ago

A new supplier is currently looking into producing HUD windshields (for LHD vehicles — RHD are in stock).

phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Exactly, all other variants are available, Saab Parts talked about a system where you can get an alternate variant of wind-screens until the HUD version is back in stock, once they are you’ll get a new HUD screen for free. Check with your dealer!

Bravada from GMI
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Hey, that’s seriously cool! Thanks for taking the time to film, edit and share that with us. Awesome!

andys
Member
3 years 4 months ago

great video!

Silas
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Agreed, that was a great video and definitely helps you appreciate how fast orders are processed considering all the work that has to be done. Shows me how much Saab thinks through things (sometimes too much) for a smaller car company to have that in depth parts processing is great.

Stephen Goldberger
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Re: HUD windshield issue:

While it may not be the most elegant solution, how about a patch of reflective film in “just the right spot”? They sell all kinds of film for controlling sun damage here in Florida, and I’ll bet one of them would work. Not a “Saab grade” solution, but if you have HUD and a broken windshield, it gives you the option of having both a legal windshield and being able to use the HUD.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 4 months ago

There are 3-M films available—-that are premium grade too. I wonder if this would really work? If it’s trimmed carefully and installed on a super clean piece of glass—-work the air bubbles out of it—-might look okay too.

bramfoto
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Gives the SAAB owners in the US confidence to continue to own their SAAB. Thanks for the detailed coverage. Have passed it on to our customers.

baas900i
Member
3 years 4 months ago

good to see saab parts are available unfortunately i was quoted AUD$400 [inclusive 10% tax and mating using tech 2] for a 3 button 9-3/9-5 key [seriously over the top pricing, car is currently for sale/trade in]….

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Did you try E-Bay? I guess the issue would be the programming—-a dealer could still scorch you there, even if you found the part cheap.

923m
Member
3 years 4 months ago

I lost the transponder portion of my NG 9-5 key leaving me with only the key itself. I ordered a replacement transponder which arrived within days from SPNA to my dealer. The cost? Only around $60 USD.

phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago

I think you should contact SAAB Parts in Sweden directly! That price is clearly not a correct one!

baas900i
Member
3 years 4 months ago

thats the quote from Mildren Prestige who are Saab Automobile Parts AB official partner since the demise of Saab Australia.

phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Regardless, contact Saab Parts in Sweden because that price iis just stupid

GrumpyGriffin
Member
3 years 4 months ago
There is a serious problem with the way Saab prices its parts, I am a used car dealer specialising in Saab, I used only to buy all the parts I required direct through the Saab UK dealer network, however over the last 18 months I have found this course of action to be just to expensive and have been forced to buy a high percentage of my parts from outside the Saab network, sometimes they are the direct GM equivalent, often they are the actual Saab part with correct Saab part number but bought direct from the original manufacturer or… Read more »
johna
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Good to see these articles appear.

Now I wish the fuel sending unit/fuel pump (gas gauge quit) would appear at my former Saab dealer here in Calgary. It’s to be replaced under GM warranty.

phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago

When was it ordered? please contact SPNA if there is any deal, parts are available!!

johna
Member
3 years 3 months ago

Hi Tim,

Sorry for the delay in replying.

I called SPNA just now. They had me leave a message. Then, I called my fmr Saab dealership to see what’s going on. GM authorization was given for warranty service and the parts have been ordered by NE KIA – Calgary (fmr NE Saturn Saab) first week of May.

johna
Member
3 years 3 months ago

update: After being contacted by SPNA by phone, and then contacting my repairer, I have learned “Saab of Edmonton” refuses to sell genuine SPNA parts to my former Saab dealership in Calgary. So my former Saab dealership in Calgary needs to go elsewhere for parts. (Vancouver). The hassle has something to do with the markup. My former Saab dealership says the hassle is so bad, they are seriously considering refusing future Saab repair business. Not good.

Jason Petho
Member
3 years 4 months ago

JohnA, which dealer are you using for service? Are you happy with them?

JasonPowell
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Jason, I think that would have to be Hyatt but I didn’t think they were doing any SAAB work anymore because didn’t they tell you that? I don’t believe the old Saturn Of Calgary NE had SAAB so my guess is HYATT but I could be wrong. Anyhow, Jason you can always come back here, only takes a few hours to get here lol.

johna
Member
3 years 3 months ago

I’m at NE KIA, formerly NE Saturn Saab. I loved those guys when they were with Saab but they didn’t let me know they were still my warranty outlet so I wandered off to Hyatt for a time until I finally went back to NE KIA when Raybern Motors (Saab independent) sent me there.

randy
Member
3 years 4 months ago
I just had a windsheild installed on my NG with HUD…SAAB parts north America said it was the correct winsheild for my vehicle with lane change camera…and did not have the HUD, However I received it and it did not have a place for my camera….I was told it was the only one at the time in stock? However HUD will work as most of us new, but a slight bit fuzzy…..I waited a year for my windsheild….? And my dealer never said I would get a free replacement ??? But it is good news if they will find a… Read more »
phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago

When we visited Saab Parts in Nyköping they told us that they had all variants in stock except for HUD Left Hand Drive version. Is there a communication problem between the dealers, SPNA and Nyköping?

randy
Member
3 years 4 months ago

I would say there is a communication problem! If that is the case!

SteveW
Member
3 years 4 months ago
There are some great offers on the UK Saab Parts website for ‘classic’ Saabs. These are mainly for 900, 9000, 900NG/9-3. However there were some wheels for 9-5s and I have just ordered a set of 16 inch alloys (ALU47) for mine for …. wait for it …. £25 each! My car has 17″ wheels but I have some Continental winter tyres that came off my old car and only have 1 winter’s use so I’ve been looking around at secondhand wheels for a while (so long that I missed out this winter and found my 9-5, on its wide-ish… Read more »
davidgmills
Member
3 years 4 months ago

I am still waiting for parts for my right side mirror on my 2011 9-5 turbo premium. Been waiting for months. Forgot how long but it has been awhile.

phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago
MW
Member
3 years 4 months ago

My body shop has been waiting for a front spoiler for my 03 9-5 aero wagon for over 6 months now, and I was just told that it’s still on backorder. Any idea why?

phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Would be good if specify which country you are in first 🙂

MW
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Good point… I’m in the US.

mallthus
Member
3 years 4 months ago

These parts are plentiful and drivers of Saab can once again safely engage ‘ramming speed’ as deemed fit, without worrying about the availability of spare parts.

Unless you have a NG9-5 SC. 😉

rune
Member
3 years 4 months ago

The SC’s front is fairly similar to the sedan, no?

phermansson
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Its actually exactly the same!

JamesN
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Well done video! Reassuring to see all the SAAB parts.

leriksso
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Nice to see my old work..thx

xelav
Member
3 years 4 months ago

Nice video !

Ken H
Member
3 years 3 months ago

After reading this, I have to say the Peugeot solution with a little flip up HUD screen makes even more sense.

Good to hear parts are being made, but if you have to contact Sweden to get the best price something is certainly wrong…

James Johnson
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3 years 3 months ago

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