Most of the news this morning provides a good wrap up of what’s going on with the various players who hold the keys to Saab restarting production. Click through for an article from Dagens Industri about the meeting with NDRC representatives, ttela’s impressions of what the NDO needs to move the deals forward, and optimistic yet still frank and nervous supplier talk. Finally a reminder of why we care so much about these cars in the first place, Swade does a great job updating us on what the Best of the Road contestants are up to. The 9-4X video is pretty fun.
Dagens Industri covers what they know of the meeting between the Chinese NDRC, Maud Olofsson, and the Saab delegation (original article here). Victor Muller attended the first part of the meeting, and the Chinese delegation was interested to understand more about Saab’s current and future situation from the Swedish government. According to Olofsson,
“They see continued challenges in this business. It was important for me to give an idea of how we look at the Saab and future cooperation. They were satisfied with the cooperation between Volvo and Geely, for Saab looks a little different because we are in an emergency.”
“It is too early to say, it was our first meeting and we had the opportunity to inform each other,” she says to Echo…”But one should remember that they are tough businessmen and they are hard in terms of requirements.”As was covered here yesterday, Vladimir Antonov was present in Stockholm, though he did not meet with any government representatives, IF Metall Boss Stefan Löven said. Lars Carlstrom confirmed that Antonov is back in London today.
According to ttela (original article here), the NDO is waiting on Saab for key documents, though they’re not specifying their importance or subject. “In any case, documents that are necessary for a decision. Our trial can not be completed until we receive them,” communications manager of the NDO, Unni Jerndal, told ttela.
The good news is that she confirmed Saab’s case is prepared for a decision and is a top priority.
On the subject of whether the EIB is upset with Sweden’s NDO, Jerndal said she wasn’t aware of evidence of this. At the same time, she reiterated the NDO’s earlier assessment of Vladimir Antonov. “We made an examination of the question of ownership and approved Antonov April 28. The decision we made we want to retain,” Jerndal said.
As much has transpired in the past few days regarding Saab’s short term financing picture, until the long term finances are clear and approved, ttela writes that the union IF Metall is still concerned about unemployment amongst their ranks (original article here).
“The uncertainty is still too high,” Ulf Holmeby from Lear in Trollhättan told ttela. Lear Trollhättan depends on Saab for 90% of their work. They’re keeping their notices of termination for all 163 workers active, just in case of the worst case scenario.
This situation repeats itself at most other sub-contractors who have been forced to lay off staff because of Saab’s production stops and liabilities. Per-Ewe Wendel, President of Plastal Industri AB, told ttela, “No one knows whether Saab will survive. Only when there is a clear, long-term financing solution, we will consider to withdraw the notices.”