NISSAN’S Sunderland plant today began its three-day closure as it deals with the knock-on effect of the Japanese earthquake.
The stoppage is the result of a shortage of parts after last month’s disaster.
The firm has brought forward non-production days scheduled for the second half of the year.
The company has said demand for the models made on the site, the Juke, Note and Qashqai, remains high and it is hoped any lost volume can be made up quickly.
The plant was already due to be closed on Easter Monday and the Royal Wedding day, but amended reopening plans when the component shortage hit.