Saab Automobile is
investing SEK 870 million in extending its Assembly Shop in Trollhättan. The investment
is part of Saab's long-term plans to raise the production capacity, broaden the model
range and increase the sales volumes.
The extension, which will have a total floor area
of 21 000 square metres, is the biggest Saab investment in the Assembly Shop since 1958,
and will involve replacing one of the present two production lines with a new line, to
enable Saab to build a wider range of models than those produced today.
A more efficient and better planned material flow
with short supply paths will contribute towards increased productivity. Improved
ergonomics for the operators will simplify the task of building cars to a high standard of
quality. One of the features is that the cars on the line will be carried on vertically
adjustable pallets, so that the operator will be able to adjust the working height for
best possible individual comfort.
This is the fourth major investment in production
equipment at the Saab factory in Trollhättan. A major extension to the body shop was
started earlier this year, a new Saab paint shop became fully operational last year, and a
new press line has been in the course of installation since a couple of years ago.
(July 3, 2000)