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New expansion for Wearside's car-making industry

Inside the existing Vantec warehouse. Credit: ITV News

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.”

– Martin Kendall, managing director of Vantec Europe

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.”

– Cllr Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Counci
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