Saab Aerospace in Linköping will be given a new organization from 14
July 2003. There will be two new business units: Saab Aerosystems and
Saab Aerostructures. In addition, a support organization, Saab Support,
will be formed. All units will report directly to Saab's group
Saab Aerosystems will have its business focus on the defence market,
with its own long-term systems responsibility for independently
developed aircraft such as the Gripen, shared systems responsibility for
new advanced air combat systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles,
(UAVs), and subsystem responsibility for other aircraft equipment, such
as tactical mission system for helicopters. General Manager of Saab
Aerosystems will be Lennart Sindahl, who will also be Site Manager in
Linköping with responsibility towards authorities, organisations and
industry in the region. Deputy manager will be Johan Lehander.
"The time is now ripe for a division of the business area into two
units. The recently extended contract with Hungary for the Gripen and
the continued export potentials are important business opportunities for
Aerosystems," says Åke Svensson, newly appointed President of Saab AB
and former Manager of Saab Aerospace.
Saab Aerostructures will have its business focus on subsystem deliveries
of fuselage and structural components for the Gripen, Airbus, Boeing and
helicopters, among others. Saab Aerostructures will also have extended
responsibility for fuselage production for the Gripen. General Manager
of Saab Aerostructures will be Pontus Kallén.
"Successful rationalization programs and new programs like the Airbus
A380 and other projects have created excellent conditions for a
profitable Aerostructures, says Åke Svensson."
Saab Support will supply general group services to the business units in
Linköping, coordinated with support units at other sites. Its
responsibility will mainly be the cost-efficient supply of services to
Saab Aerosystems and Saab Aerostructures in accordance with their
defined needs. General Manager of Saab Support will be Kjell Johnsson.
"The new organization will provide greater opportunities for each unit
to focus on its respective customers, at the same time as it will be
more efficient in managing its own costs. Consequently, operations will
be more focused, efficient and clearly defined," says Åke Svensson.
The new organization for Saab in Linköping will take effect from 14th
Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its
main operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capability in systems
For further information please contact:
Peter Larsson, Vice President Communications Saab Aerospace,
phone +46 13 180018 or +46 734 18 00 18
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