Saab assembly operations in Trollhattan, Sweden got back to normal – more or less – this morning, following a day long shutdown triggered by suppliers who refused to deliver parts pending payment of outstanding bills.
Company officials insist they are working to “resolve these issues,” but there is no question the Swedish maker is struggling in its attempt to rebuild itself after nearly shutting down permanently last year.
Operations at the facility, which produces Saab’s flagship 9-5 sedan, ground to a halt, yesterday, when a number of suppliers refused to deliver more parts until they were paid. It’s unclear precisely what arrangements were made to get those vendors to restock the plant and let it reopen this morning.
But a statement from Saab says it “expects to resolve these issues in the short-term.”
The brief shutdown is the latest twist in an ongoing saga of a company that has long struggled for survival. Going into its 2009 bankruptcy, former owner General Motors Corp. announced plans to sell or close Saab – while eventually also shutting down its Saturn, Hummer and Pontiac brands. Initially, with no buyer coming through with the necessary deal, GM began shutting Saab down.