A news story popped up overnight in the local Trollhattan newspaper, TTELA. It concerns production at the Saab plant in Trollhattan.
ctm has graciously provided a translation into English:
GM is set to change the layout of the production areas at the Saab Automobile plant in Trollhättan, thereby reducing the capacity for vehicle production. The unions criticize the proposal and plan to have an outside consultant looking into it.
The criticism came after the four unions at Saab Automobile was made aware of the plans for the future production of vehicles on the so called Delta platform. According to one of the unions, the proposal means a reduced floor area for vehicle production. The unions estimate that production at the Trollhättan plant will be downsized to about 85,000 vehicles per year. Currently, the volume is about 110,000 vehicles per year.
– “We don’t want a usage of the buildings that makes it impossible to increase volumes if needed later on,” says Paul Åkerlund, local chairman of Swedish union IF Metall.
After the decision earlier this year that Trollhättan was one of four plants to produce vehicles on the Delta platform, word from Saab Automobile was that the volumes was to stay at about the same level.
During the day, the unions have given out leaflets to the workers with information on GMs plans for future production. In it, the unions criticize the plans which they think not only is a waste of the plants current capabilities and but also threatens to permanently lower the volume.
According to the leaflet: “What we don’t want is to end up in a position were we can’t build more vehicles on the Delta platform if needed or begin production of other models as well.”
The unions outside consultant will work on an alternative plan to be presented to the company board at December 4.
Why would you deliberately look to rearrange a factory so that it produces less, and make it more difficult to upscale production if required?
We’ve only got the union’s side of the story here, but it does seem quite strange.
We’ll keep you posted.