Work starts today on an extension to Sunderland’s Nissan plant that will house a massive new press line.
The £37million investment will see a new 5,200 tonne press installed.
Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe, Colin Lawther, said: “This fresh investment is a clear signal of our intent to continue leading in these key areas for the Nissan brand, with our crossover and electric vehicle success founded on the exceptional quality and delivery standards achieved by our workforce here in Sunderland.”
Going into production in 2017, the new press line and panel storage area requires a building extension totaling 6,780m2, taking the plant’s footprint to more than 362,000sq ms, – the equivalent of more than 50 football pitches.
Weighing approximately 2,500 tonnes and 10.5m in height, the new line will be the biggest in the Wearside plant Sunderland and the first of its type in the Renault-Nissan Alliance, pressing panels with a total force of 5,200 tonnes.
A programme of engineering work is now under way ahead to accommodate the press, with a 6.5m deep ‘pit’ currently being excavated for the foundations.
The new press line will make larger panels for all the Nissan vehicles produced in Sunderland, and will also provide panels for two forthcoming compact Infiniti models, the Infiniti Q30 and Infiniti QX30.
Nissan is currently recruiting for 300 new manufacturing jobs required to support the brand’s first ever entry into the premium compact segment.