This according to Gunnar Brunius, Saab’s purchasing manager and production director. According to DI, the money for the first Saabs was wired from Pang Da. This effectively quashes claims from skeptics who thought the deal too good to be true (read: TTAC). From DI:
“I expect the plant to begin production on Wednesday of next week since they’ve come to the Saab on Tuesday this week,” said Gunnar Brunius, Purchasing and Production Manager at Saab Automobile to DI.
On Tuesday, he initiates the process of agreeing with Saab’s 800 suppliers so that they start to deliver the components again after a six-week shutdowns.
The major suppliers, including IAC, Sweden, Plastal and car seat manufacturer Lear, are invited to personal meetings, while many other contacts are handled through e-mail.
“Many of them will certainly take up demands for immediate cash payment, or nearly so,” said Svenåke Berglie, president of Automotive Component Group [FKG].
The plan is that Saab will begin production at a level of 230-240 cars per day.
This may be optimistic, but for Gunnar Brunius to give a mid-next week target date, they must be reasonably confident that they can make it.