July 14, 2011
Valmet Automotive: 25 years of specializing in convertibles
Exactly 25 years ago, in the summer of 1986, Saab introduced a convertible model to complement their popular 900 series. This car, Saab 900 Cabriolet manufactured in Uusikaupunki, Finland, turned into a success story that boosted Valmet Automotive to become one of Europe’s most experienced convertible manufacturers, and convertible related business to become one of company’s corner stones.
The stylish and technologically advanced Saab 900 Cabriolet became a best seller in North America and Europe. In total, 198,032 convertible Saabs were manufactured in Uusikaupunki in years 1986–2003.
Saab 900 Cabriolet had heirs in Uusikaupunki. In 1999–2003, Saab’s 9-3 convertibles rolled off the production line, and in 1997 there was a new kid on the block: Porsche Boxster. The original volume plan for 5000 Porsches per year proved completely inadequate in face of the huge demand. The production volumes were quickly upgraded, and by 2010, a total of 168,477 Boxsters had been assembled in Finland.
Valmet Automotive has manufactured over 1.1 million cars since 1969, and every third is a convertible. Accordingly, Valmet Automotive is one of the most experienced convertible manufacturers in Europe. The company can offer the customer tailored solutions from convertible and roof systems engineering to manufacturing.Valmet Automotive has complemented its offering in convertibles by acquiring two roof systems plants in Germany and Poland with engineering and production capabilities. Today, Valmet Automotive is among the three largest roof systems manufacturers with a global market share of 25 %.
Valmet Automotive is an experienced provider of automotive engineering, vehicle manufacturing, convertible roof systems and related business services. Our special areas of expertise are premium cars, convertibles and electric vehicles. We employ 1,600 professionals in Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the USA.