Scandinavian suppliers association, FKG, has highlighted the opportunities for Swedish component manufacturers ahead of National Electric Vehicle Sweden's (NEVS) potential production start later this year. 

NEVS has been recruiting staff since last autumn for a potential restart later this year, initially of the conventionally-powered 9-3 model, with the intention of proposed electric vehicle manufacture in 2014.

FKG has also hailed the manufacturer's professionalism with regard to supplier contracts, as the Saab Trollhattan factory gears up for production start. 

"They [NEVS] have balanced terms and conditions - they [are] very professional when they meet suppliers," FKG CEO, Fredrik Sidahl told just-auto from Gothenburg.

"They are 500 employees now in Trollhattan - I am positive production will start this year - this is a very very positive sign. They are serious. It is a great opportunity for Swedish suppliers."

NEVS is in the process of contracting all the suppliers it needs for parts, although the automaker told just-auto last month it had the "vast majority."

Saab formally employed around 4,000 people at Trollhattan before it entered bankruptcy in late 2011 - with any restart clearly providing a welcome boost to the town around one hour north east of Gothenburg.

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