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Saab rehiring to meet production goals

TT/The Local · 1 Apr 2010, 12:37

Published: 01 Apr 2010 12:37 GMT+02:00

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"We need more people; we're talking a couple of hundred," said production manager Gunnar Brunius to news agency TT.

Former employees who lost their jobs exactly a year ago are first in line for the new positions. Some 700 staff members were made redundant at the time, 150 of whom were brought back on board in November.

Saab plans to double its production rate to 220 cars per day next week, before accelerating to 308 cars in June.

"That's close to the upper limit for what one shift can manage," said Brunius.

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Saab, which was taken over by Dutch luxury car maker Spyker in February, is to fill its fresh employment quotas over the next few months.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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17:22 April 1, 2010 by Nemesis
This is brilliant news for the people of Trolhättan.

If this works out, maybe they should consider a second shift:)

Hopefully SAAB will go from strength to strength.
19:54 April 1, 2010 by foriegner
Do they have orders for these extra cars? Or even potential orders?

I have a Saab, and although it is very costly to maintain compared to my other car (a Chrysler) I am quite fond of it. I wish them the best.
00:02 April 2, 2010 by Scotsaab
The build up has started. Good for Saab.
03:29 April 2, 2010 by repat_xpat
Fire the leaders at SAAB who inhibit productivity. Empower those who support it. Bring in a new era of engineering and manufacturing productivity to Trollhattan and make it the new model for European business and manufacturing. Bring Trollhattan 10,000 new jobs and more. May the new SAAB deliver the highest quality cars at the lowest possible price! Start with the fantastic new 9-5. Work hard SAAB. You have the talent, put forth the effort and you will turn it around.
11:46 April 3, 2010 by Tiddler
It's nothing to do with having sales lined up for them.

It's all about economies of scale, they MUST produce and SELL at least 3000 cars per week to produce a profit.

So keeping production at 800 cars per week is an absolute non starter in terms of survival for more than 2 years.

I guess the sales figues over the next 12 months will tell us what we need to know.

Personally I am not hopful purely because there is huge automotive over capacity.
12:30 April 4, 2010 by John D.
Good for Saab. I hope that Russian Mafia guy does good things for Saab.

Maybe he can throw in free Vodka with every purchase or somthing. That is sure to get some peoples attention.
02:33 April 6, 2010 by DAVID T
Pity their cars are so boring - I doubt they sell 3000 cars a month let alone a week - they should have put it out of it's misery - There's so much competition out there who would buy a crappy, expensive boring car?
14:01 April 6, 2010 by Graeme.H
And the flogging the dead horse continues....Yep build more cars, forget the fact you can't sell them...add them to the stock pile of SAABs that are still left unsold in the hold yards. Rack up even more debts you will never repay, let alone the taxes you avoided paying....and the people will cheer...and in months from now as this farce becomes even more apparent, it is the companies and people that supply SAAB that will be left to try to slavage their business. Chest beat all you want about SAAB, bottom line is it is not a competitive player in todays auto industry and hasn't been for decades. If it were a race horse, you'd shoot it to put it out of it's misery
14:19 April 6, 2010 by ylorand
Really good news!!!
16:08 April 8, 2010 by brian mason
Its really a shame to see the negative remarks of Graeme.H. Maybe this reader has not experienced the pleasure of owning or driving a Saab. If he did the remarks I am sure would be different.

In these difficult economic days the situation would be far worse if we did'nt have the people like Victor Muller who are prepared to work for what they believe in. Its the people like Victor who will help to turn the economic situation around by working hard together with the people of Saab. I for one wish him succes with this venture & feel sure that within a few years Saab will be again profitable & producing cars that the market wants ...safe,reliable,eco friendly,& good cars to DRIVE !!!!

I wish them succes....Vive la Saab
16:47 April 9, 2010 by harrylatour
Oh dear,,,on the same week as Saab start re-hiring the gas prices reach another record high,,,I do hope that Saab IS going to produce EVs and Hybrids as I have said in my past posts,,,otherwise they will be doomed again.Nobody said it would be as easy as just producing the same old stuff!! Harry Latour
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