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Nissan commits following Brexit concerns

Nissan has given a double boost to workers at its Sunderland factory, committing to build its next-generation Qashqai and add production of the new X-Trail model.

There had been concerns about the future of the car giant's plant in the North East after the UK leaves the European Union.

Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn went to Downing Street earlier this month for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.

He said on Thursday:

"I am pleased to announce that Nissan will continue to invest in Sunderland.

"Our employees there continue to make the plant a globally competitive

powerhouse, producing high-quality, high-value products every day."

Business Secretary: "This is fantastic news for the people of the North East"

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“This is fantastic news for the UK economy, the people of the North East as well as the automotive industry and its supply chain.

“The UK automotive sector has had a remarkable year - exporting over a 1 million cars around the world and today’s announcement underlines the confidence in the sector. The fact Nissan have not only made a long-term commitment to build the next generation Qashqai and Xtrail at Sunderland, but decided to upgrade their factory to a super-plant, manufacturing over 600,000 cars a year, is proof of the strength of the sector.

“This is thanks to our highly-skilled workforce, long-term investment in new technology and innovation and the strong partnership between government and industry as we develop together our Industrial Strategy.”

– Business Secretary Greg Clark

Prime Minister: Nissan news is 'fantastic'

The Prime Minister Theresa May has said the news of Nissan producing the next Qashqai in Sunderland and adding the production of the X-Trail is 'fantastic'.

Nissan say investment in Sunderland will continue in a move that will secure the jobs of more than 7,000 workers at the plant.

“This is fantastic news for the UK. Nissan is at the heart of this country’s strong automotive industry and so I welcome their decision to produce the Qashqai and a new model at their Sunderland plant. “It is a recognition that the Government is committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for the automotive industry so it continues to grow – now and in the future. This vote of confidence shows Britain is open for business and that we remain an outward-looking, world-leading nation. “The Government will continue to work closely with employers and investors in creating a global Britain, a country where there are new opportunities for jobs and rewarding careers. Families across the North East will be delighted at this news today and I share in their enthusiasm for what this means not just for them, but for the whole of the UK”.

– Prime Minister Theresa May

Nissan announcement will secure 7,000 jobs at Sunderland plant

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It has been announced that the next Qashqai WILL be built in Sunderland - and the company will also add production of the new X-Trail model to it's Wearside base.

The history of Nissan in Sunderland

  • Nissan’s Sunderland plant opened in 1986 and has produced almost 9 million cars since.
  • One in three British cars are produced in Sunderland, which is the UK’s largest car plant of all time.
  • In addition, 80% of production from Sunderland is exported to over 130 international markets.
  • More than 2 million Qashqai’s have been built in Sunderland in less than 10 years.
  • In addition to the 7,000 direct employees at Sunderland, the plant supports a further 28,000 British automotive supply chain jobs.
  • To date, Nissan has invested more than £3.7 billion in Sunderland.

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Cat McKinnell MP backs Heathrow expansion

Catherine McKinnell MP, whose constituency includes Newcastle International Airport, is backing the expansion at Heathrow. The Newcastle North MP says strong links to London can only support the region's exporting of goods.

Catherine McKinnell MP Credit: ITV

"We know we have a big challenge in our region, we're a next exporting region, we sell more than we buy in, and we need to protect that, safeguard it and grow it, especially as we're moving into a new world outside of the European Union. Newcastle Airport is a huge, vital part of getting our goods and services and people out there, on holiday and selling their goods and services, and the Government I think very much recognise that, by coming to the North East to recognise the important part aviation and Newcastle Airport plays in our regional economy."

– Catherine McKinnell MP | MP for Newcastle North
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