SWEDEN: Saab looking to "align" 800 suppliers as stoppage continues
Saab says it needs to "align" around 800 suppliers before it can restart production at its Trollhattan plant which remained idle today (20 June).
The automaker has up to 3,500 suppliers but there appears to be a core element that need to be satisfied with payment terms before production can restart.
"Of course we have to be in a state where we have a good working agreement with our suppliers," a Saab spokeswoman told just-auto from Sweden. "The numbers we need to get aligned, that is around 800.
"They [suppliers] need to be satisfied with the plans that are in place so they can deliver components that we need in the factory."
Scandinavian automotive suppliers body FKG managing director Sven-Ake Berglie told just-auto last week he had heard around 54 suppliers had gone to the Kronofogde or enforcement agency to recover debt.
Separately, Saab is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities for its proposed cooperation with Chinese distributor Pang Da and manufacturing partner Youngman.
"Pang Da and Youngman are very much on board," added the Saab spokeswoman. "That deal has to be approved by the Chinese authorities and also by the Swedish authorities because we have a European Investment Bank [EIB] loan - it is in progress.
"Victor Muller [Saab CEO] has been on record saying that could take two or three months - it is hard to estimate approval times."
The spokeswoman noted Saab had orders for 10,000 vehicles, although she conceded agreement had to be reached with suppliers before deliveries could be made.