Expanding car parts firm opens fourth site in Sunderland

Calsonic Kansei sign, Pennywell Ind. Est. Sunderland
Calsonic Kansei sign, Pennywell Ind. Est. Sunderland
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CAR parts manufacturer Calsonic Kansei is set to open its fourth site on Wearside tomorrow.

The company has taken over the former 2 Touch site in Doxford International’s Camberwell Way, after the contact centre firm moved to a new home on the business park.

Calsonic has invested £800,000 in transforming the building into a 100,000 sq ft warehouse, bringing the company’s total floorspace in the city to more than half a million square feet.

City council leader Coun Paul Watson and Calsonic Kansei chief operations officer Tsukasa Fuji, will unveil a plaque at tomorrow’s opening, then be joined by senior manager Joanne Munro – who has led the project for Calsonic – to cut the ribbon. James Davies, CEO and chairman of Calsonic Kansei Europe, will also speak at the event.

“Calsonic Kansei is an important company in Sunderland, which has grown significantly in recent years as Nissan and the city’s automotive sector have expanded strongly,” said Coun Watson.

“We work closely with Calsonic to ensure it makes the most of any new opportunities for growth. It’s a fantastic example of the thriving automotive hub based at Sunderland and it’s great news that we’re celebrating the official opening of its warehousing building.”

Calsonic Kansei, which has supplied every exhaust fitted at Nissan’s Sunderland plant since it opened in 1986, employs 1,400 people in Sunderland.