Saab announced today that it is establishing a new sub-assembly plant in cooperation with ZF Chassis Systems, a leading international supplier of driveline and chassis systems. Located in Halvorstorp, the plant will be operated on just-in-time, leak production principles and will supply front sub-frames and complete rear axle assemblies for installation on next-geration Saab vehicles.
The plant will be run by ZF as a subsidiary company, ZF Sverige AB, and is expected to employ about 50 people.
“The operation of a satellite plant on the doorstep of the factory will bring ZF and Saab Automobile organisations closer together, facilitating the joint development of components and enabling close quality control processes,” Saab said in a statement. “Transportation costs will also be reduced and there will be no need to carry large component inventories at the Trollhattan factory.”
The first vehicle to carry a ZF developed chassis will be the next-geneation Saab 9-3, which debuts next year.
– By: Omar Rana