Nissan has commenced producing the new Nissan Note at its Sunderland site in the United Kingdom. The new Note will further boost production at what is considered as the biggest car plant in the UK, following a £125-million investment by Nissan, secured for the country with a £9.3 million grant from the government's Regional Growth Fund.
The official start of production was at a ceremony on Line 2 at the plant by John Martin, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe. Gracing the event is UK’s Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Michael Fallon.
Even before its launch, the new Note’s design and technology has enticed a number of customers across Europe, with Nissan dealers receiving more than 14,000 pre-orders since order books opened in July 2013. Martin remarked that the new Note is providing mainstream B-segment customers with an “unprecedented combination” of design, technology and safety features which used to be only offered in luxury brands.
He added that the £125-million investment is a further endorsement of the Sunderland Plant, which is currently an international benchmark for productivity and quality. He thanked the UK Government for “their ongoing support for the automotive industry.”
Aside from vehicle assembly, the new Note has brought more work to the Sunderland site and its supply chain in axle production, cylinder head casting, camshaft machining and engine assembly – giving rise to 2,000 new jobs in the UK automotive industry. Nissan now supports more than 35,000 jobs in the UK.
Business Minister Michael Fallon said: "The investment by Nissan to make the Note at the world class Sunderland plant has been achieved by Government and industry working together. It provides a very welcome boost to their exceptional workforce, the North East economy and the country."“Working in partnership with industry, our automotive industrial strategy sets out how we will secure the long term future of the sector as a UK success story by growing our share of the value chain and by getting ahead of the game in research and development on the vehicles of tomorrow.”