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Saab and Volvo speed up production

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16:23 CEST+02:00
Swedish carmakers Saab and Volvo have both increased production to satisfy rising demand for their cars. Several hundred workers who had previously been laid off have been rehired.

“Just before the holidays we increased our production rate from 38 to 45 cars per hour. This is due to the fact that sales have increased by 20 percent in the first half of the year. We are therefore producing about 3,500 cars per week this winter,” said Stefan Elftsröm of Volvo's information department.

Volvo's factory in Torslanda, near Gothenburg, will restart production next week after a four week summer shutdown. An extra 200 people were taken on by the company before the summer break, most of them part time workers to build the new V60 model, which is due to be delivered to the first customers in the autumn.

Saab, which this winter was on the brink of bankruptcy before being taken over by Dutch sportscar maker Spyker, took on an extra 200 people in the early summer. The extra workers were needed to increase production.

The company's factory in Trollhättan will start producing cars again on Monday, after a three week break.

“Before the holiday we increased production from 28 to 39 cars per hour, or slightly more than 300 cars per day,” said spokesman Eric Geers.

Chinese automaker Geely formally completed the purchase of Volvo Cars at the beginning of August.

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