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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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HRH Prince Charles visits Sunderland

Prince Charles arriving at National Citizen Service at Bethany City Church Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

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Step Up To Serve is a campaign launched by the Prince of Wales to encourage more young people to get involved with helping others.

Amir Khan joins Prince Charles in Sunderland

Amir Khan at a community centre in Sunderland today Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

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.

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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

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.

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