Nissan Makes Further Commitments to Sunderland Plant
YOKOHAMA, Japan (October 27, 2016) –Nissan Motor Company Ltd. today announced, following its Executive Committee meeting, that it will produce the next Qashqai and will add production of the next X-Trail model at its Sunderland, U.K. Plant.
Nissan’s decision follows the U.K. government’s commitment to ensure that the Sunderland plant remains competitive. As a result, Nissan will increase its investment in Sunderland, securing and sustaining the jobs of more than 7,000 workers at the plant.
“I am pleased to announce that Nissan will continue to invest in Sunderland. Our employees there continue to make the plant a globally competitive powerhouse, producing high-quality, high-value products every day,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Nissan. “The support and assurances of the U.K. government enabled us to decide that the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail will be produced at Sunderland. I welcome British Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to the automotive industry in Britain and to the development of an overall industrial strategy.”
Nissan’s Sunderland plant opened in 1986 and has produced almost 9 million cars since. One in three British cars are produced in Sunderland, which is the UK’s largest car plant of all time. In addition, 80% of production from Sunderland is exported to over 130 international markets. More than 2 million Qashqai’s have been built in Sunderland in less than 10 years. In addition to the 7,000 direct employees at Sunderland, the plant supports a further 28,000 British automotive supply chain jobs. To date, Nissan has invested more than £3.7 billion in Sunderland.
Councillor Paul Watson Leader of Sunderland City Council said: "Today’s announcement is a major vote of confidence in Sunderland as a centre of global excellence in automotive manufacturing.
"The announcement not only helps secure 7,000 jobs, but will also see the plant upgraded.
"It’s a huge tribute to their excellent workforce and to Sunderland’s position as the ‘jewel in Nissan’s crown’.
"The City Council and many others across the North East region have been working closely with the company to make sure they were best placed to compete for the Qashqai replacement. The Government, too, has been speaking with Nissan about how the UK’s economy remains competitive and efficient.
"With the Government and so many others all working together, this is a tremendous boost for the city’s economy, the region’s economy, and for the UK economy.
"Nissan Sunderland is a major British exporter and this will help secure many thousands more jobs in the regional and national supply chains.
"We haven’t just heard about the Qashqai - we’ve secured a new model in the X-Trail too.
"Looking ahead, it means that the City Council and its joint-venture partner South Tyneside Council can also look more closely at the next steps for developing the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).
"This will help with further support for Nissan and the wider automotive sector to grow on land close to the company’s Sunderland plant with plans to create an additional 5,000 manufacturing jobs."