GM Powertrain Sweden: moving in with Saab after the fat lady sings?

GM Powertrain Sweden are independant from Saab, and as such, they’re not subject to the current reconstruction process that Saab are undertaking.
That doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about the future, however.
TTELA have an article where they talk to the head of GM Powertrain Sweden, the very excellent and wise Kjell AC Bergstrom.
Tompa’s been kind enough to hook me up with a Googly translation:
Two routes for Powertrain
CEO Kjell ac Bergström in favor of separation from GM
The crisis in GM has had minor effects on GM Powertrain Sweden. The company, which has 380 employees in Trollhättan, are faced with two possible options when Saab is broken off from GM.
– Should we still stand on its own feet, or fully integrated in the Saab? We know this when the end of the year, “says Kjell ac Bergström, CEO GM Powertrain Sweden.
For one thing is clear. Kjell ac Bergström deleted cold from Saab, a continued life with a new owner.
– It makes me not to lie SLEEPLESS night, so to speak. We look very positively on this.
Do you prefer the new owner is a car manufacturer or a financier?
– The advantage of an automotive group is that you get access to their technology, but with a financier, we on the other hand, more freedom to talk with several players on the cooperation agreement.
Resulting reconstruction
GM Powertrain Sweden is legally a separate company and are therefore not included in the Saab’s reorganization. But you still participate in the discussions because the company in one way or another will be part of the future of Saab.
– Saab takes is us. And we also contribute material to the presentations to the new owners.
GM Powertrain Sweden has managed the crisis without notice. However, the prospective recruitment of 100 engineers to Trollhättan put on hold.
Need, TTELA talked about last year, due both to a new type of manual gearboxes will be presented.
– We have instead made use of consultants, “says Bergstrom.
Manual gearbox is one of the company’s responsibilities. Hybrids and turbo charging are two other areas where the Swedish part of GM Powertrain have special skills.
Similarly sit Powertrain other companies within the GM with other special skills.
– In the short term, we will not do without their skills. Therefore, a number of transition service will be created (with GM).
Transitional period of five years
Kjell ac Bergström know what aborted collaboration means. It is not long ago, GM and Fiat went separate ways in Powertrain.
– I’ve been through a few divorces and know that the transition period usually be around five years.
Simultaneously, the requirements are changing the image Powertrain in Trollhättan.
– We need to get a broader skills and it is not done overnight. But we will not be able to afford to invest in a new engine or växellådsfabrik (Södertälje factory is sold to Scania, the photographer for Weigl), but will buy in different skill levels.
Kjell ac Bergström is in favor of change. So positive that he is willing to postpone retirement, which actually takes place next year.
– I think it’s so fun to work now if this goes in the lock, I am open for a continuation” says Bergstrom with a smile.

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