More falls from Saab – Lear corp. to shed over 160


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Thursday, 19 May 2011
Lear Corporation in Trollh�ttan, near Gothenburg Sweden is laying off some 163 employees blamed on Saab’s imbroglio. This show how the problems in Saab is affecting the welfare of its subcontractor.

The initial notice affects 111 unionized employees and 52 officials, according to Ulf Holmeby, chairman of the Union of Lear, to the news paper TTELA.

Lear, based in Trollh�ttan, is a manufacturer of car seats and is 90 percent dependent on the Saab. The seven-week stoppages that Saab has endured have knocked Lear down hard but the notice was not entirely unexpected.
“We have drawn on it, now we dare not wait any longer, "said Ulf Holmeby.


As late as in February, Lear corp. employed more people in so as to increase production of  seats for all Saab models as the heat was on to expand production. Then there was increased enthusiasm and up-beat but the situation became different latter on.

Even though the situation  will improved for Saab after the agreements with Pang Da  it still looks as though  Lear can not wait for the moment. Ulf Holmeby hopes, however, "that Victor Muller has it right this time". It would then mean that Lear can withdraw layoff, or parts of it.

A few days ago Plastal, another supplier to Saab, alerted 50 people in Simrishamn, Sweden of termination. The reason is that the company has not received any information about when the Saab production will start again, according to a statement the company sent out.

Trollh�ttan Terminal AB (TTAB) gave notice on the day to all of its 35 employees.
Also, DHL Supply Chain, which directly delivers to the Saab factory also gave notices in early May to 22 people of its 60's employees in Trollh�ttan.  On that day, the first news came from China that Saab had secure some money.
By Team

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