“For Nissan, our plant in Sunderland, North East England, is absolutely fundamental.
Nissan has an objective to be the number one Asian brand in Europe and the plant in Sunderland is the kingpin of that.
The staff and management team have been very focused on getting a competitive plant and attracting new models.
It’s all about not being complacent, but being challenging for your future, and the plant has an excellent track record in doing that. The plant’s efficient work practices, helped in no small measure by excellent industrial relations, also contribute.”
Nissan has grown from initially 1,100 at its new plant in the North East in 1987 to supporting more than 6,700 jobs at one of the most productive car plants in Europe.
North East England road vehicle exports have trebled, from just over £1.5bn in 2000 to £4.8bn in 2014; with one in every three cars made in the UK, now being made in North East England Nissan.
The plant supports a major Tier One supply chain of 30 companies, and has recently invested £420m into its battery plant and 100% electric LEAF model production at Sunderland.