New Nissan model means 1,600 more supply base jobs

7 March 2012

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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.

 

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