This news has been running as part of a discussion in comments but it’s worthwhile bringing it to the front page here.
There are several reports around, but the best informed seems to come from TTELA and was translated in comments by Börjesson:
Reduced rate of production for Saab
Saab has reduced the rate of production from 39 cars per hour to 28.
– I am confident that we will raise the pace again, and then we will need more employees again, says Håkan Schött, chairman of IF Metall (union).
The sales target of 80 000 cars a year still stands for Saab, but in the factory, the production rate has now fallen to 28 cars per hour. January and February usually mean lower demand in the automobile market.
– Sales usually pick up in early spring, and then it remains to be seen what we need to raise the pace to, says Håkan Schött……
…….Is the sales target of 80 000 cars this year a realistic goal?
– Absolutely. I do not see why we shouldn’t make it, says Håkan Schött.
The union chairman thinks the future looks bright for the industry, and Saab will increase the production rate later on, when the order books begin to be filled.
The first step is to increase the production rate, the second step is to reintroduce a second shift.
– I have no crystal ball, so I can’t say much more about the future than that it looks bright, says Håkan Schött.
Joachim Flodin, TTELA
This seems to be a seasonal cut – Saab responding to real-time demand. Saab can step things up pretty quickly when Spring gets closer.
As I mentioned in comments, a friend in Trollhattan with well-placed contacts has indicated to me that there are plans to bring the plant back to capacity in the very near future (a matter of weeks was mentioned, however I don’t want to hold him to that in light of the report from TTELA).