Parts supply shortages believed to behind latest round of production stoppages at Saab
8 June 2011

Saab production has been brought to a halt again after “a disruption in the flow of materials”.

A spokesman for the firm told Auto News that it is “hard to predict” when production will resume, having briefly commenced again this morning after being stopped yesterday.

Saab had said last week that its production was back to normal after receiving a cash injection from Chinese firm Pang Da that allowed it to settle financial disputes with suppliers, but the latest stoppage shows Saab’s problems are still on-going.

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Saab chairman Victor Muller said yesterday’s stoppage could have been caused by parts supplies drying up as “many suppliers did not make parts during the shutdown, some for almost two months. If you run out of parts it can impact production.”

''We knew there could be these kind of stops,'' added the spokesman.

Pang Da’s initial cash injection was for the purchase of Saab models to sell in China. It is still waiting for approval from Chinese authorities as to whether or not it is allowed to take a financial stake in Saab’s parent firm Spyker that would help secure the Swedish firm’s financial situation.

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