Calsonic Kansei’s joy at becoming Portfolio Overall Business of the Year.

Overall Business of the Year winner Calsonic Kansei.

Overall Business of the Year winner Calsonic Kansei.

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The Sunderland Portfolio Awards Overall Business of the Year sponsored by Make It Sunderland.

Winner - Calsonic Kansei.

We are very proud to be in Sunderland. We take this very seriously and we want to be seen as the best in Sunderland.

John Barnett

Calsonic Kansei had reason to celebrate as the firm won the Overall Business of the Year title.

Operations director John Barnett said: “We are very proud to be in Sunderland. We take this very seriously and we want to be seen as the best in Sunderland.

“We have 1,400 people who work hard every day. We are very proud of them and we are very proud of every member of the management team.”

The nomination for the company said: “Calsonic Kansei has successfully supplied Nissan in Sunderland for 30 years with world-class competitive products.”

It added: “The ‘Nissan Renault Alliance’ has given us the opportunity to grow our business significantly with similar or identical products delivered predominantly in Europe, but some on a global basis.”

Investment in plant, machinery, businesses and people has all helped to achieve the aim while the project also attracted a ‘Lets Grow’ Grant of £660,000, which significantly helped it to develop so quickly.

The nomination from the company said: “Our investment and expertise has also allowed us to re-shore work. A recent example being moulded and painted parts for Qashqai, which we have brought into our Sunderland plant from China for both CK and customer benefit. This is an excellent example of ‘beating the low cost competition’ by being very good at what we do, and showing real cost reduction opportunity.”