An article from ttela.se brings us details of Pang Da’s visit today and tomorrow. There are two groups from Pang Da, a team visiting Trolhattan today and another comprised of senior leadership meeting with government officials (including Maud Olosson and the NDO) in Stockholm. Normally I don’t like just posting news article translations but I’ll be the first to admit this sums up the activities of the last 48 hours well and explains what next 24-48 hours hold.
A special congratulations to Saab staff for putting in so much hard work to get production rolling again, we’re all amazed by your work ethic.
There will be a meeting between the leadership of Pang Da and Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson in Stockholm today. She also called Minister Vladimir Antonov “nice” in an interview with TT.
Meanwhile, another group from the Chinese company to be in Trollhattan.
Today, a delegation from the new stakeholder and the upcoming Saab owner Pang Da is in Stockholm. They will be meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Sweden, who enabled the Minister to arrange a meeting when the delegation was in the capital. It seemed uncertain on that front earlier.”There is a courtesy call,” said Johanna Martin, Maud Olofsson’s press secretary.
Saab’s communications director Eric Geers welcomes meeting with a government representative.
“It’s good to get to meet Da Pang Maud Olofsson, so they can learn how important the car industry is in Sweden. And the government has an opportunity to meet the future owners of Saab and form an opinion.”
Meanwhile, another group from the Chinese company will be in Trollhattan. And on Friday the Pang Da delegation is supposed to jointly study the Saab plant in Trollhattan – hopefully with a production line running.
“We are still at it, although work with suppliers still under way,” says Eric Geers.
Maud Olofsson commented to TT that the meeting she and Vladimir Antonov had on Tuesday night was an hour long.
“He’s nice,” reads Olofsson’s verdict on Vladimir Antonov.
The Minister stressed, however, very clear that this was an information session and not some form of review of Antonov like the one approved by the Debt Office, but not the government to come in as the owner of Saab.
“He wanted to talk about their thoughts on Saab and Saab’s future and why he is eager to step in and invest money. He has a positive attitude to Saab, which I think is good.”
In addition to describing Antonov as “nice,” she described him as a “businessman” and “entrepreneurial.”
She also criticized the critical statements made by Vladimir Antonov’s Scandinavia Manager, Lars Carlstrom, who called on the government.
Lars Carlstrom himself acknowledges, himself to Vladimir Antonov thought the meeting was successful:
“The meeting with Maud Olofsson went well. And Antonov thought she was nice.”
But when it came to holding the trial in which the government said they are awaiting the EIB, so was Maud Olofsson with nothing new to say, but she explained that the government says yes if the Bank does.
From EIB However, there is more silence. Some news on whether a tranche of the loan of approximately SEK 260 million, or owner-examination of the Antonov came from the investment bank in Luxembourg – it has been about five weeks since the Bank would have made an interim payment on schedule, nearly two months after the application from Antonov, which the owner of Saab sent to the EIB and almost a month since the National Debt Office approved Antonov.
“I have no mandate to comment on anything regarding our internal processes, but you are welcome to inquire again,” said Per Isaksson, spokesman for Bank of yesterday.
And now that everyone has had their initial meetings, we get some fairly positive words. Maud Olofsson herself told reporters from DI,
“Pang Da talked about what opportunities they see for Saab to enter the Chinese market. The company is of course an interesting partner, given that it is a great need to increase sales for Saab.”
She went on, “I think it was good to meet them and hear their description of how they look at Saab’s capabilities. Their reply was that even though Saab has production in China, so will production in Sweden continued to be important,” something we can all agree we wanted to hear too.
Victor Muller is keeping quietly optimistic.
“It was an excellent meeting,” was his only statement before he left smiling from the Economy Ministry’s premises.