Quake cuts over at Nissan

The production line at Nissan, Sunderland.
The production line at Nissan, Sunderland.
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NISSAN bosses say there are currently no plans for further plant shut-downs on Wearside in the wake of the Japanese earthquake.

Honda has announced suspension of work at its Japanese plants as problems continue following the disaster on March 11.

Workers are to take an extra 14 days off during June through August because of production reductions caused by parts shortages, but will make up for those days later in the year.

Nissan’s Sunderland plant closed for three extra days over Easter, due to a shortage of parts imported from Japan.

The factory was scheduled to be closed on Easter Monday, and the Royal Wedding bank holiday on April 29, but bosses decided not to reopen between the two holidays.

A spokesman confirmed today there were no plans for any more downtime, though the situation might change.

He said: “After the Easter shutdown, staff at Nissan Sunderland Plant returned to work on May 3. We are continuing to assess parts availability on an ongoing basis.

“Our focus remains on providing cars to our customers as quickly and efficiently as possible and, going forward, we will continue working closely with our global supply chain function to secure parts for all Sunderland-produced models.”