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The Roots of Saab AB.
Long Version 1.2. . May 17, 2015.
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“Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget” was founded in Trollhättan April 20
1937 as a subsidiary to Bofors-NOHAB, with a capital of 4 million Swedish
1,5 million was paid by Bofors and 2,5 million from AB ERS (in some sources
named AB ARS) a subsidiary of Electrolux AB where Axel Wenner-Gren was CEO
dominating owner and represented its voting rights. Gustaf J. Sahlin was
given the voting rights for these shares after Wenner-Gren left the Board of
Directors in 1939.
He was also CEO for the newly founded company that started with few
engineers in existing NOHAB buildings.
New manufacturing facilities for airplanes were built and ready summer 1938.
The factory facilities still exist 2015.
Saab 92 production started there in late 1940’s.
Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget acquired “Sparmann Flygverkstad” (Sparmann
Airplane workshop). Austrian Edmund Sparmann founded the company in 1932.
He had worked as a test pilot and engineer at the Austrian company Phönix.
Flugzeugwerke A.G. and moved to Sweden in 1919 to demonstrate two different
Phönix airplanes for the Swedish Army. He later worked for smaller Swedish
airplane makers as a test pilot and test engineer. From 1926/32 he worked
for the governmental repair/test centre called CFM. Sparmann Workshop was
acquired in August 1937 to get access to the company’s competence.