"Saab's way of communicating is a catastrophe," FKG managing director Sven-Ake Berglie said this week in Sweden. "They must have seen this [the cessation of parts shipments] coming up before in December already, but they did not say anything." And: "When the suppliers did not get paid, Saab said it was a few [of them] and it was due to the [fact] the suppliers wanted improved payment terms, which was a complete lie." Not perhaps the best endorsement of an automaker customer by the head of its supplier group. And still the assembly line lies silent.