The UK arm of the Swedish company will now be based at Cranfield’s Technology Park adjoining Cranfield University in Milton Keynes.
The move ‘fits perfectly’ with Saab’s aerospace heritage, says the firm, as the University is acknowledged as being a leading postgraduate centre for technology, engineering and aerospace.
The announcement comes after a period of uncertainty for the former GM-owned company. Acquired by Spyker in May 2010, Saab hopes to build upon its already strong brand heritage, and its new head office is a step towards that goal.
Managing Director of Saab GB Jonathan Nash said: ‘We are very excited – moving into our new head offices is an important milestone in the separation process and for the future of an independent Saab GB.’
Forming a significant part of that future is the launch of the new Saab 9-5 saloon. Unveiled in early July, the 9-5 is the first car built by the independent Spyker-Saab company that hopes to re-establish the presence of the Swedish marque globally.
by JAMES BATCHELOR