As you all know, not all parts of the new cars from Trollhättan are being made at the Stallbacka plant. NEVS, and Saab Automobile before them, has a large number of independent parts suppliers. And as NEVS are planning to build new cars, the parts suppliers are now also starting to “gear up” again.
In the former Saab model workshop, Cliff Models, are working with NEVS as one of their largest customers. TTELA recently reported that Cliff Models have purchased a Parpas Diamond 30. This is a state of the art gantry style machining centre, used to produce everything from simple models to more complex solutions with hardened steel.
This Diamond 30 machine is the only one in existence in Sweden today. It’s a big investment for Cliff Models in cooperation with NEVS. Their previous machine could manage at most 5 tonne, while the new machine can manage up to 50 tonne. The work space (where the models/prototypes are made) is 3 x 3 meters and 1,2 meter in height.
The Diamond 30 will have an important part in the production of tools for the car manufacturing in Trollhättan. Cliff Models employs 35 people, both in Trollhättan and Gothenburg. NEVS are not their only customer, they also work with companies such as Volvo, Koenigsegg, BMW and Scania.
Here’s a rather interesting presentation of Cliff Models:
Another company benefiting from NEVS is Automotive Interior Parts Sweden (AIPS). AIPS is actually a subsidiary of NEVS, that started when the earlier provider of dashboards for Saab 9-3 – Swedfoam – went bankrupt (with the reconstruction of NEVS in 2014).
Swedfoam was based in the Swedish city of Tidaholm, which is 1 1/2-2 hours away from Trollhättan. AIPS are now starting up their production in the same facilities as Swedfoam used to have, according to the local newspaper Västgöta Bladet. AIPS will produce the dashboards and other interior parts for NEVS new cars.
AIPS have 8 people employed today, but they’re aiming at 40 employees for autumn 2017. The machines used previously are still in place and they intend to re-hire as many as possible of the former Swedfoam employees. NEVS is their primary customer, but they may work with other companies in the future as well.
Are you curious about the Phoenix title? Well, Phoenix 1.x is the former Epsilon platform, with 1.0 being the Saab 9-3 MY14 and 1.1 being the EV NEVS 9-3. Phoenix 2.0 is the platform that Saab Automobil didn’t finish (with the Phoenix concept car) and Phoenix 3.0 is the new platform in development at NEVS.