Production resumes at Sunderland Nissan plant

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PRODUCTION has partially resumed at Sunderland’s Nissan plant.

Manufacturing was suspended last week after planned maintenance over-ran. Staff returned from the two-week summer shutdown to be told work had taken longer than planned and the press, which produces body parts, was out of action.

The first of the plant’s two lines was brought back into operation yesterday.

Line 1 produces the Qashqai and the all-electric Leaf.

Line 2, which builds the Juke and the Note, will be brought back into operation after the weekend.

“We can confirm production has resumed on Line 1 at Sunderland Plant,” said a Nissan spokesman.

“Production is scheduled for both lines from next week after the repair is completed in our press shop.”

Panel production has been being transferred to an alternative press line to allow work to resume.

Although the production lines have been out of action, work has continued in much of the plant and Nissan says the hold-up is not expected to have a significant effect on the delivery of cars.

The plant has continued to produce electric vehicle batteries and cylinder heads for other Nissan and Renault plants, and training in various departments has been ongoing.