PRODUCTION at Sunderland’s Nissan plant has been suspended after problems in the factory’s press department.
Staff returned from the two-week summer shutdown to be told maintenance work had taken longer than planned and the press, which produces body parts, was still out of action.
“We can confirm the production schedule has been temporarily suspended at Sunderland Plant following scheduled maintenance work in our press shop,” said a Nissan spokesman.
It was hoped to resume production shortly and the hold-up was not expected to have a significant effect on the delivery of cars to customers, he added
“Panel production is being transferred to an alternative press line for vehicle assembly to resume in the coming days.
“Following the repair we will return to full production on both lines, so customers can be reassured there will be minimal impact on their orders.”
Other departments in the plant were working as normal while repairs to the press are carried out:“Production is continuing in some areas – for example, our Sunderland plant supplies other Nissan and Renault plants with electric vehicle batteries and cylinder heads.
“Staff in mainline shops are supporting the repair, taking on other assignments, and taking part in training activities.”
The Sunderland plant currently produces the Qashqai, Juke, Note and the all-electric Leaf and work is under way to prepare for is due to start work on a new model for Nissan’s high-end Infiniti marque. Work is continuing at other departments in the plant while repairs to the press continue.