Nissan confirms it is 'adjusting' production at Sunderland plant as 750 workers continue on furlough over parts supply issues

Nissan has said it will continue to “adjust” production at its Sunderland plant over a parts supply problem, having already placed 750 of its workforce on furlough over the issue.

By Fiona Thompson
Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:00 am

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The car giant confirmed it would be putting the employees on the scheme late last month and today, Wednesday, March 17, confirmed there would be a stand down from Monday, March 22, with “more disruption likely.”

It comes due to a world-wide issue of sourcing the parts, with those already put on furlough remaining on the scheme.

A Nissan spokesman said: “A global shortage of semiconductors has affected parts procurement in the auto sector.

The Nissan plant in Sunderland supports thousands of jobs in the region.

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"Due to the shortage, Nissan will adjust production and take necessary actions to ensure recovery.”

The firm put the 750 workers on furlough from the week commencing Monday, March 1, as it suspended the late shift on line two, which makes the Qashqai and Juke models.

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It was understood at that stage there could be further suspensions caused by the same trouble, which has also led Honda and Mazda to impose temporary stoppages on its plants in Japan.

The Wearside factory is expected to start production of the third generation Qashqai – an electric hybrid model – in the months to come after it was announced the Sunderland site would be tasked with making the cars.

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