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The Swedish court of appeal rules in Orio's favor in dispute with BMW

Press release   •   Mar 03, 2015 15:51 UTC

Today, the Swedish court of appeal has ruled that Orio AB (formerly Saab Automobile Parts AB) is not liable to pay for the engines supplied by BMW to Saab Automobile AB after BMW entered into an agreement with Saab Automobile in 2010. Thereby the Swedish court of appeal made the same ruling as the Swedish district court and rejected BMW's claim against Orio. It also ordered BMW to pay Orio's costs for the lawsuit.

"We are pleased that the Swedish court of appeal has made it clear that Orio has no liability for its former parent company's debts. We have not made any undertaking to BMW that we would take responsibility for purchases made by other organizations, including our parent company and Saab Automobile Powertrain AB. The Swedish court of appeal has ruled that we are not covered by the agreement in the way that BMW claimed," says Jonas Tegström, CEO of
Orio AB.

In 2010, BMW and Saab Automobile AB entered into an agreement concerning the development and supply of engines, components and spare parts for fitting in the next generation of Saab 9-3. The debts for the engines delivered to Saab Automobile AB had not been settled at the time when the company went into bankruptcy in December 2011. In August 2012, BMW filed a lawsuit to the district court in Nyköping, Sweden, in which they claimed that Orio had also been a party to the agreement and required Orio to pay for the engines.

The Swedish district court found that, if Orio had been a party to the agreement, its liability would have been limited to the company's own purchases of spare parts from BMW and that the company was not liable to pay for engines and components that BMW had supplied to Saab Automobile AB. In addition, BMW was unable to demonstrate that Orio had ordered any products from BMW or that BMW had supplied any products to Orio. Therefore, the Swedish district court rejected BMW's claim.

Today, the Swedish court of appeal has made the same ruling as the Swedish district court and has rejected BMW's claim against Orio for around 2.6 million euro. It has also required BMW to pay Orio's costs for the lawsuit.

For further information, please contact:
Orio AB, Jonas Tegström, CEO, tel: +46-(0)155-244009

Facts Orio AB

  • The company is responsible for warehousing, sale and distribution of Saab Original parts and accessories for all Saab Service Centers and Saab Parts Centers globally and also sell logistics and engineering services.
  • Number of employees in Sweden: about 288. The company is headquartered in Nyköping. 
  • The company has subsidiaries in its 9 main markets in Europe and the USA.
  • Number of employees in the subsidiaries: about 52.
  • Have been responsible for Saab Automobile spare parts handling since the 1960s and are the sole distributor of the entire range of Saab Original parts.
  • Storage area: around 88 000 m².
  • Storage: about 70 000 articles.
  • Capacity: about 30 000 order lines/day.
  • Shipment of 50 trucks distributed each day.
  • The company is fully owned by the Swedish state.
  • On November 13, 2013, the company changed its name from Saab Automobile Parts AB to Orio AB.

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