- Each year the UK produces over a million cars and vehicles and over two million engines
- Industry employs over 700,000 people
- In 2010 75% of vehicles manufactured were exported
- Vehicles and parts are exported to over 100 markets worldwide
Tyne Tees News took a look inside the manufacturing plant that will be producing Nissan's new car next year.
The Sunderland plant has produced more than six million cars over the past half a century.
Unite union national officer Tony Murphy welcomed today's announcement by Nissan as a "boost for skilled jobs and a lifeline for the local economy". He said the move was evidence that government intervention into industry can work:
"The success of the British car industry is proof that, with the right support and investment, UK manufacturing can flourish. Nissan's announcement is a testament to the UK's car-building capability and the skills of the Sunderland workforce.
"The Government has taken a step in the right direction. We hope this is a sign that the coalition is getting serious about supporting manufacturing."
Nissan's new car will be 100% electric and production will begin on the new model from the middle of next year.
The new model will create 400 jobs at Nissan's Sunderland plant and many more in the supply firms. Andrew Sugden from the North East Chamber of Commerce welcomed the decision saying:
"The importance of Nissan to the regional economy cannot be under-estimated. For every person employed by the company another four are supported in Nissan's supply chain and with employment at the plant reaching a record high this is another welcome achievement."
Japanese car giant Nissan have delivered a 'clear vote of confidence in Britain's manufacturing industry' by deciding to build their new model at its Sunderland factory from 2013. 2,000 new jobs will be created by the investment which is supported by a £9.3 million grant from the Government.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
"This latest announcement highlights the UK's track record of attracting inward investment. Global vehicle manufacturers are beating a path to the UK's door. They recognise that the Government values the automotive sector."
Japanese car giant Nissan will today deliver a huge boost to the economy by announcing plans to build a new model at its UK factory under a £125 million investment programme, creating 2,000 new jobs.
The car will be built at the Sunderland plant from mid-2013 in a project supported by a £9.3 million grant from the Government. Business Secretary Vince Cable hailed the news as a "clear vote of confidence" in this country's manufacturing industry.