LATEST NEWS: New jobs announced at car parts plant

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MORE than 130 new jobs are to be created in Sunderland with the opening of a new car parts plant.

France-based Financière SNOP Dunois (FSD) Group, which makes parts for Nissan, is taking over the former TRW factory in Washington.

Group Chief Finance Officer Jean-Francois le Bos joined Sunderland City Council leader Coun Paul Watson to officially unveil the plan today.

SNOP’s Yannick Jiquel said the company chose Sunderland because of its “many experienced, skilled people” who were “critical” for their “high quality future workforce.”

Financière SNOP Dunois has 26 manufacturing plants across Europe, China, Turkey, and Morocco and supplies body parts for Nissan’s Leaf, Qashqai and Note models.

Dave Smith, chief executive of Sunderland City Council, said: “It’s great news that a leading automotive component company has chosen to locate its first UK manufacturing facility in Sunderland.

“It strengthens our reputation as an automotive hub for the UK.”

SNOP already has more than 30 employees working in the Nissan Sunderland plant, who will be relocated to the new premises when it opens in the autumn.

See tomorrow’s Echo for more news and reaction.