A CAR parts firm has opened its fourth Wearside base after investing £800,000 into its latest venture.
Calsonic Kansei has launched its new warehouse at Doxford International Technology Park, which means it now occupies 500,000sq ft of land across Sunderland and employs 1,400 workers.
Sunderland City Council leader, Coun Paul Watson, and Tsukasa Fuji, chief operations officer of the firm’s European branch, unveiled a plaque, while Joanne Munro, who has led the project, cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening.
Coun Watson said: “Cutting the ribbon and unveiling the plaque symbolise the start of an exciting new dimension to Calsonic’s work in Sunderland.
“It’s important to the city, the North East and, I believe, much further afield.”
The firm invested £4.5million in Sunderland last year, including an extension to its Washington plant, which attracted £660,000 from the Let’s Grow fund to extend the premises.
This year it will export 25 per cent of its exhaust products from its Washington plant to the Nissan Renault group across Europe, and has won new business from Nissan for the Infiniti mode.
It has three manufacturing sites within three miles of the city centre, producing exhaust systems in Washington, plastic components in Sunderland, and dashboards within Nissan itself.
It has supplied every exhaust fitted on to Nissan Sunderland-manufactured vehicles since the plant opened in 1986.