Scandinavian suppliers body FKG says that although the mooted restart of Saab production is proceeding slowly, it is at least moving in the "right direction."

Saab yesterday (11 July) told just-auto it had reached agreements with a "large portion" of its suppliers in a bid to see production lines rolling again at its Trollhattan plant, with a view to restarting on 9 August.

"Well, everything goes slowly but in the right direction," FKG managing director Sven-Ake Berglie told just-auto from Sweden. "It continues - the Chinese investors are there [although] they have to be confirmed by the Chinese agencies and that is going on.

"Then this sale and lease back of the facilities is finished now - cash is on the account. I am not so sure I was ever optimistic, but I really hope they can start it again."

Saab confirmed to just-auto that out of several hundred suppliers delivering to the automaker, it had agreed deals with "a large number of them."