- Nissan built the Sunderland plant in 1984 and production began in 1986, with total investment set to reach £3.5 billion.
- More than 6.5 million cars have been built at the factory, with 80% of production exported to 97 world markets.
- It has been the UK's largest car manufacturer since 1998
- In 2010 Sunderland became the first UK car plant to produce more than 400,000 models in a single year when 423,000 Qashqais, Notes and Jukes rolled off the line.
- The record was beaten last year when 480,000 cars were produced, and Nissan said the plant was preparing to pass the half-million mark for the first time.
The Prime Minister said he would agree to a suspension of sanctions against Burma during a historic visit to the former colony
The democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi lived in the UK before becoming the head of the Burmese opposition movement.
Early this morning David Cameron will set foot in a country no British Prime Minister has visited for more than six decades.