Building on its innovative heritage from the automobile company SAAB, NEVS is determined to create mobility solutions for a more sustainable future.
At NEVS factory in Trollhättan, Sweden, there is currently a hive of activity with the development of electric vehicles and mobile solutions. In addition to the site in Trollhättan, they also have an office in Tianjin, China, where they are building an entirely new factory. Several projects are in progress at the same time, but the focus is on developing an electric car based on the SAAB 9-3 for the Chinese market and partner Panda New Energy. Besides the projects, NEVS is working on developing new models of electric cars for a wider target group with focus on the European market. In addition, the development of mobile solutions is underway as it is a key component of the business strategy.
People involved in maintenance
A total of 900 people are employed in Sweden out of which 80 works with maintenance. According to Göran Högberg, Maintenance Manager at NEVS, there are no major differences in the work now compared to previously, when there was a full production of cars in Trollhättan:
“We haven’t seen any major change to our methods since we got Chinese owners. Just as before, we work according to international standards.”
At NEVS they see the maintenance work as an integrated part of the company. The management is both interested in the outcome of the work and is also heavily involved in the way of work:
“Lack of maintenance will directly affect the production, causing significant shortage of income for the company.”
Focus on modern maintenance
NEVS has spent much time and energy in improving its maintenance work over the past year. The aim has been to create a modern, mobile and sustainable approach that is tailored to suit today’s business. It is a prerequisite for growing at the same rate as the company
“Pretty soon, we will start to use MaintMasters mobile application as a part of our daily work to avoid printed workorders and to facilitate the documentation for our mechanics. To maximize the usage, we will also send our key staff on training courses at MaintMaster Academy.”
Maintenance manual at NEVS
Göran is working at the facility maintenance and test equipment department at NEVS. The goal there is to maintain the facility in a satisfactory condition and to ensure that they can maximize their production. One of the solutions was to develop their own maintenance manual. A maintenance manual that clearly explains how to conduct, perform and maintain their maintenance.
In order to develop the maintenance manual they made an huge effort to bring a higher level of structure in MaintMaster.
During the project they:
Göran Högberg explains the importance of their manual:
“Everyone working with maintenance have a copy to support their daily work. This includes key individuals in the management team as well. All this to ensure that we work in a structured manner and according to standard.”