Nissan’s Sunderland workforce will reach 6,000 after Invitation announcement

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NISSAN’S Wearside workforce will hit a record high with today’s new jobs.

The 400 new posts will bring the plant’s total number of employees to about 6,000 – its highest ever level.

And the firm’s decision to build a new compact family car to replace the Note in Sunderland is not just good news for the Sunderland factory.

The move will create up to 2,000 new jobs in the UK – 400 directly at the plant and four times as many in the supply chain, much of which is based in the North East.

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The plant will next year start producing a new compact family car based on the Invitation concept model, unveiled at the Geneva motor show today.

The move represents a £125million investment by Nissan in the UK, backed up by £9.3million investment grant offer from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Nissan expects to build about 100,000 cars a year, depending on demand. This will help to cement Sunderland as the largest car plant in the UK – a position it has held for the last 14 years.

Trevor Mann, Nissan senior vice-president for manufacturing in Europe, said it was Sunderland’s reputation which had secured the new model.

“This plant has a 20-year heritage in producing successful compact cars stretching back to the first Micra rolling off the line in 1992.

“I’m delighted Sunderland has secured what will be another very important model for Nissan in Europe. It is a testament to the workforce, the ongoing support from the UK Government and all of our regional partners and suppliers.

“The additional volume will maintain Sunderland as the country’s largest car plant and we expect and look forward to a very busy future.”

The new car is not the only model due to enter production on Wearside next year. The Sunderland plant is already gearing up to begin building the all-electric Leaf in 2013.

A plant spokesman said: “We are now recruiting for roles across the plant, especially in engineering and maintenance departments to prepare the plant for the three new models we have announced – the Invitation, Leaf and the new Qashqai – and all the jobs are at”

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