To say that the future of Saab as an automaker remains murky is being charitable at best, but that doesn't mean there isn't a loyal body of customers with real needs. In the wake of the Swedish marque's bankruptcy, U.S. and Canadian Saab drivers were left without a clear supplier of parts and services, but now Saab Automobile Parts AB has stepped in to service North America's estimated 500,000 owners.

To be clear, Saab Automobile Parts isn't subject to the bankruptcy shenanigans that Saab itself is going through, although it does have a deal with the automaker's creditors that allows it to continue using the company's Trollhättan factory to make large replacement parts like body panels. Further, it has also signed on with major Saab suppliers to make sure parts are available for the long haul. Saab Automobile Parts AB has been providing brand spares since the 1960s.

The new North American subsidiary will be based out of Michigan, although it isn't immediately clear where the company's facilities will be located or how many people it will employ. The company says it warehouses about 70,000 parts and is capable of churning out some 30,000 order lines per day. Check out the official press release by scrolling down.

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Saab Automobile Parts AB forms new subsidiary in the USA
June 5, 2012

Saab Automobile Parts AB launches new subsidiary in USA and Canada
New company will be responsible for supply of Saab Genuine Parts intoNorth American market
Technical support and other services will be offered to ensure Saab expertise is available in North America.

New company commence operations in June

Saab Automobile Parts AB has formed a new North American subsidiary. The new company, North America Distribution Services Inc., trading as Saab Automobile Parts North America, is incorporated in all 52 states in the US and will be headquartered in Michigan. The company will also manage the operations in the Canadian market.

North America Distribution Services Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab Automobile Parts AB, the global provider of genuine parts for Saab cars. It provides some 1 200 workshops around the world with Saab Genuine Parts, accessories and technical support. Saab Automobile Parts AB remains outside the bankruptcy process for the vehicle manufacturing company and continues to trade normally, servicing the global network of Saab Authorized Repairers and service partners.

"Today there are around half a million Saab cars on the roads in North America – the largest fleet of Saabs in one single market in the world. Our establishment in North America will secure support to Saab owners in the USA and Canada and ensure they have access to Saab Genuine Parts, service programs and technical support", says Lennart Ståhl, CEO of Saab Automobile Parts AB.

The establishment of a new USA subsidiary is the latest action as Saab Automobile Parts AB works to ensure Saab owners around the world have access to a full range of professionally delivered aftersales services. The company recently signed an agreement to use Saab Automobile's press and body shop to manufacture replacement body parts. A second agreement was also signed to acquire a large number of fully assembled parts and other car components. The company also recently signed new contracts with key suppliers and these are all steps in a comprehensive program to ensure a good supply of spare parts for Saab cars, both on short and long term.

Facts Saab Automobile Parts AB:
- Number of employees in Sweden: Nyköping about 260, Trollhättan about 50. The company is headquartered in Nyköping.
- The company is responsible for warehousing, distribution and sale of Saab parts and accessories for all Saab's Authorized Repairers and service partners globally.
- Have been responsible for Saab Automobile spare handling since the 1960s.
- Storage area: around 88 000 m3.
- Storage: about 70 000 articles.
- Capacity: about 30 000 order lines/day.
- Shipment of 50 trucks distributed each day.
- Provides logistics services to a number of outside companies.

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