Car giant Nissan has announced a £26.5 million investment at its flagship UK base in Sunderland.
It will secure 300 highly skilled jobs for workers who make electric vehicle batteries. The plant is the largest of its kind in Europe.
The first major new car to be manufactured in the UK in over 23 years will roll off the production line in Sunderland later.
A £250 million investment in the new Nissan Infiniti has created 300 new jobs at the Wearside plant.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Manufacturing at Nissan UK, has said it is a "massive opportunity" for the North East.
Nissan is looking for an extra 300 manufacturing staff to work on a new car at its Sunderland factory.Read the full story ›
One of Wearside's largest employers is set to expand, creating 120 new jobs.
Vantec Europe Ltd is building a second major warehouse in Sunderland.
The £23m building will become the largest-ever overseas project for Japan-based parent company Vantec Corporation.
Groundworks have started for the 436,000 sq ft warehouse and office building at the Hillthorn Business Park, which is close to Nissan.
The work will be completed in December, and Vantec will begin recruiting at the beginning of 2016.
Vantec Europe Ltd provides warehousing and logistics to Nissan Sunderland, Komatsu UK, Birtley and Cummins Engines, Darlington.
It currently employs over 1,000 people in Sunderland.
This is another major new project for Vantec and a great vote of confidence in our Sunderland operations from our parent companies VantecCorporation and Hitachi Transport System. The investment in this new warehouse next to the Nissan car plant will underpin our position as the largest supplier of ‘Just In Time’ logistics to Nissan Sunderland plant.”
Our ambitions for Sunderland to become Europe’s automotive hub are strengthened by this development, and it illustrates the continuing success of our Business investment team in attracting and securing major investments from global companies to the city, creating jobs and a remarkably strong automotive sector. The long-term relationships we build with businesses and investors underpin many thriving enterprises, now going from strength to strength.”
Prince Charles is in the North East today. Here are a selection of pictures from his tour of Sunderland.Read the full story ›
His Royal Highness, Prince Charles is in Sunderland today to take part in his Step Up To Serve campaign and to visit Nissan UK’s plant.
The Prince of Wales is joined by boxing champion Amir Khan, who is a fellow panel member for a 'Dragon's Den' style funding pitch from the graduates of Step Up To Serve.
Step Up To Serve is a campaign launched by the Prince of Wales to encourage more young people to get involved with helping others.
Boxer Amir Khan is in Sunderland today to join Prince Charles seeing graduates take part in a 'Dragon's Den' style funding pitch.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will also visit Nissan's Sunderland plant with the Mayor of Sunderland to learn about the production of electric cars at the plant.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles is in the North East as he pays a trip to Nissan's Sunderland plant.Read the full story ›
The two millionth Nissan Qashqai has rolled off the production line on Wearside overnight.
The model has been built at the firm's Washington plant since December 2006. 85% of the cars made have been exported for sale abroad.
Nissan says it has reached the milestone in record time for a UK car plant.
The model is also manufactured in China and Japan. Next year, production will start at a factory in St Petersburg, for sales to the Russian market.
Panel production at Washington's Nissan plant - the UK's biggest vehicle production factory - has been temporarily transferred.
There has been an over-run in scheduled maintenance work that has meant panel production has had to be transferred to a different press line.
Workers have been given the option of booking in lieu time or holidays until the work is completed, or carrying out other jobs at Nissan's plant on Wearside.
We can confirm the production schedule has been temporarily suspended at Sunderland Plant following scheduled maintenance work in our Press Shop.
Panel production is being transferred to an alternative press line for vehicle assembly to resume in the coming days.
Following the repair we will return to full production on both lines, so customers can be reassured there will be minimal impact on their orders.