Saab is an incredibly complex Group with all sorts of activities.
“Gripen is at the centre but it is only one part. We are active in many fields,” explains Stefan Hansson of production at Saab Aeronautics.
He is proud that a small nation like Sweden commands such cutting-edge expertise in fields like submarines, surveillance systems, defence technology and aviation. At the fair Saab is presenting information about all its sectors but also has other reasons for exhibiting.
“You could say that we have two goals,” Hansson says. “One is that we are keen to find suppliers and customers. The other is that we want to meet young people because they are the future. Recruitment is very important.
“When young people approach us they often ask: ‘What education do I need so I can work for you?’ The answer is that all types of education are relevant. Law, health care, engineering – take anything. There are all types of jobs within the Group.”
At Elmia Subcontractor it is easy to look for new suppliers and contacts.
“We’re always looking for skilled suppliers,” says Per Jünke, business manager at Saab AB Avionics’ Precision Components division. “For example, for processes that don’t exist within the Group. Or when new needs arise. If a trained specialist already exists in the field we’re looking in, of course we’re interested.”
Saab is also looking for companies at the fair for whom Saab can do a variety of subcontracting work. With its specialist knowledge and first-class equipment, Saab can meet all imaginable requirements and apply its skills outside its own field of operation.
“For example, we offer machining, welding, cabling, metal cutting and surface treatments,” Per Jünke and Stefan Hansson conclude.