TTela today brings an interview with Sven-Åke Berglie the ex-head of the suppliers’ organization [FKG] as well as a few quotes made by his successor Fredrik Sidahl in Sweden.
When asked about Saab’s likelihood of survival:
One keeps hoping, though logic dictates that this should not work. But Saab defies all logic and Muller never possessed it. They should not be underestimated, nor their important role in the automobile industry.
The then minister of commerce, Maud Olofsson, was not interested in the automobile sector says Berglie.
– We sent an invitation immediately after Maud Olofsson took office. Her predecessor, Östros, had been very interested in trade talks, we even got to know each other on a personal level. Maud told us she had no time to spare. She dispatched her secretary of state, Jöran Hägglund. Not a bad replacement as it turns out, he was even interested enough to initiate meetings on his own.
When asked about the reasons for blocking Antonov:
I do not know, and I have discussed this at great lengths with Carlström. The National Debt Office do not know either.
Afraid of Russians?
Hell if I know. I mean; What do they actually know about China?
Berglie’s successor, Fredrik Sidahl feels Saab never quite have had a chance to stand on its own feet.
I would like Saab to be given a chance. That the licenses should be so sensitive as GM are claiming, I consider that to be completely bullshit. It must be part of a negotiation ploy.