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7 March 2012 | Adam Leach
Nissan's Sunderland factory is set to bring new jobs to its suppliers
after the company announced that it is to manufacture around 100,000 units of a
new car model from next year.
To support the production of the
model, called Invitation, the company is investing £125 million in the plant
which will handle cylinder head casting, engine and vehicle assembly of 100,000
cars a year. The work will create 1,600 jobs throughout its supplier base and
400 at the factory itself.
Trevor Mann senior vice-president
for manufacturing in Europe at Nissan, said: “I’m delighted that Sunderland has
secured what will be another very important model for Nissan in Europe. It is a
testament to the workforce, the ongoing support from the UK government and all
of our regional partners and suppliers.”
In addition to its own
investment, the project has received a grant of £9.3 million from the
government’s regional growth fund (RGF), which is designed to stimulate expansion
in the UK manufacturing sector.
Business secretary Vince Cable,
said: “It is fantastic that Nissan will be building the new model in
Sunderland. The investment is a boost for jobs at Nissan’s plant as well as the
wider supply chain.”
In November, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
also announced support for car companies Bentley and Lotus through the RGF.