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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:32 pm 
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Catchy title huh? :lol:

As some of you may remember there was a bit huff-huff in 2014 when Thyssen-Krupp was more or less forced to sell Kockums to Saab after a join government-Saab armtwisting effort.
Kockums had been starved and attempted to be destroyed by TKMS for years.
In other words Saab was left with what can best be described as a dilapitated shipyard, understaffed and desillusioned. 700 employees.

Now, four years later everything has changed.
The employees now number 1,100 with another 400 contractors, during 2018 another 150 will be added and in 2019 another 100.

As for the infrastructure Saab commissioned a high paced process to more or less rebuild the shipyard from scratch. Most of the machinery has been replaced with brand new equipment and the rest is in the pipeline, everything from the overhead cranes and the paint shop has been replaced. Northern Europe's largest arbor milling machine has been added, laser welding robots, more floor space and everything else imaginable.
Even the classic administrative building, located some distance away from the shipyard itself, will be replaced with a new five story building on the shipyard grounds by 2020.

Morale is now high as Saab continue to aggressively develop the business, pushing sales in every way possible and also adding additional businesses through acquisitions. On December 21st the surprising news came that Saab will take over both Dockstavarvet - mostly known as the maker of the Combat Boat 90 - and Muskövarvet - a repair shipyard occupying one half of the yard space inside the Muskö naval base, Kockums already operated the other half.
Strange how quickly things can change in some cases.

Now, if only we would order a few more ships and subs from them... ;)

Karlskrona shipyard photos:
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