The naysayers can continue their nays, but Saab are gearing up and preparing for life outside of GM ownership.
In line with expected increased production, Saab have just recalled another 90 employees, 80 of which will be employed on the factory floor. Saab had to lay off around 700 employees earlier this year, but this latest recall means that over 140 of those have returned to the company.
They start as early as next week, partly because they need to update itself (?) and partly because to some extent prepare for the production of the Saab 9-3 convertible, which is (coming) home to Trollhattan, “said Paul Åkerlund, chairman of the IF Metall in Saab.
TTELA report that Saab have also started to build new 9-5 test vehicles on the production line.
Saab are also looking at a training program for employees, seeking funding for the intitiative.
The training is considered necessary due to the separation from GM. Going alone means that Saab will no longer have access to some functions or support that GM used to provide.
The program could involve up to 4,000 people from Saab, Lear and ANA and would go for 2 years, starting in March 2010.