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Nissan reaches Qashqai milestone in record time

NIssan has produced the Qashqai on Wearside since 2006 Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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 Nissan temporarily transferred

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.

– Spokesman for Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK

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Job cuts ends long period of recruitment at Nissan

"This decision will reduce the total headcount at Nissan Sunderland Plant by 365, but we expect the actual number of people affected to be fewer, due to staff turnover.

"Those leaving the company will be limited to staff hired on temporary contracts.

"At the end of this period we expect headcount at Sunderland to be around 6,700, supporting two-shift operations on Line 2 with 24-hour operations continuing across the rest of the site."

– Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan

Nissan to cut 365 jobs at Sunderland plant

Nissan has announced it is cutting 365 jobs at its factory on Wearside.

The company says it is because sales of two cars, the Note and the Juke, have declined this year. It means 24-hour production of those models will cease.

Today's announcement brings to an end a period of continued recruitment. Nissan has taken on an extra two thousands workers in the last two years.

Nick Clegg announces City Deal for Sunderland

Nick Clegg talks to ITV Tyne Tees' Helen Ford about the City Deal funding Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a multi-million pound investment, to help create thousands of manufacturing jobs and improve transport links on Wearside.

The Sunderland City Deal includes the development of a new International Advanced Manufacturing Park next to the Nissan site.

There will be £80m of government funding to build the long-awaited new bridge over the River Wear.

A Central Business District will also be developed on the site of the former Vaux Brewery in the city centre.

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Father and son jailed for stealing over £850,000 worth of components from car giant

A father and son from Pennywell have been jailed for stealing components from car giant Nissan's manufacturing plant in Washington and putting them on e-bay.

235 sat-navs - worth over £600,000 - went missing over a three month period at the end of 2011, as well as £250,000 worth of sat-navs being taken in February 2012.

Police launched an undercover investigation which led them to Anthony and Stephen Ganley at Tony's Car Radios in Sunderland, who they found had been selling stolen sat navs through the shop and online.

The two men were sentenced, along with two others, yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court.

Anthony Ganley was jailed for three years after he admitted conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to handle stolen goods, and Stephen Ganley was jailed for five years.

Productivity down at Nissan plant

Productivity is down slightly at the Japanese owned plant in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Productivity at the Nissan car factory on Wearside fell last year by 1.7%.

The figures come a day after the new Qashqai started coming off the production line.

The introduction of new models like this has led to a temporary downturn, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers.

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