Obviously, such an announcement raises questions regarding the cost-cutting measures the carmaker may apply in the next few months. Think may fire up to 70 percent of the total workforce, Canny explained, with production suspended until the first months of 2009.
Soon after that, Rikke Lind, Norway’s deputy minister of trade and industry, denied Think's request, explaining that “the government
However, the rest of the government members shared a different opinion as Think's chief executive told the NYT that financial support is still possible, but no details regarding the loan value were provided.
“We are very grateful for the ongoing support of our existing shareholders. And we appreciate the encouraging news that the Norwegian government may take actions which would put in place a plan for the ‘clean car’ sector of the Norwegian automotive industry, similar to those recently announced in Sweden and the U.S. Funding for green technology in the automotive sector is an urgent global priority,” Canny said in an email sent to the NYT.