Saab Automobile is investing nearly $100 million in expanding its assembly plant in Trollhattan, Sweden. The investment is part of Saab's long-term plans to raise production capacity, broaden the model range and increase global sales volume.
NORCROSS, Ga.- Saab Automobile AB continues to gear up for an expanded model line by investing nearly $100 million in its assembly plant in Trollhattan, Sweden. The extension, which will have a total floor area of 226,000 square feet, is the biggest Saab investment in the assembly plant 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.
The plant extension will also increase productivity with a more efficient material flow process. In addition, improved ergonomics for operators simplifies some of the tasks. For example, the cars on the line will be carried on vertically adjusted 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 Trollhattan in recent years. 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 for two years.
Saab has announced plans to broaden its product range and increase global sales volume. Sales for calendar year 1999 were up 28.6 percent in the U.S. to 39,541 vehicles. It was the best U.S. sales year since 1987 and was Saab's sixth consecutive year of sales growth in the U.S. Worldwide sales were up 11 percent to 131,200 cars.