Nissan’s plant in Sunderland was given the Queen’s Award for its achievements in International Trade. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are given to UK-based companies that excel in business performance. Nissan presently exports 80% of its cars to 97 worldwide markets from Sunderland; markets include mainland Europe, New Zealand, Dubai and Central Africa.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, said that being given the Queen’s Award is a great start for the year and coincides with its announcement of a major recruitment campaign and the development of two new models. This award gives credence to the top quality products that roll out from the factory, namely the Qashqai, Juke and Note.
He believes that the company earns the awards because of the continuing motivation, commitment and flexibility of the Sunderland plant workforce combined with the success of its products and the ability to respond to market demand. Fitzpatrick also noted that this is the fifth time that the Sunderland plant got this award in the 26 years that it has been operating.
The plant won for three straight years from 1992 to 1994. In the next two years, four new products will be launched at the Nissan Sunderland Plant, which includes Nissan’s first 100% electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, with production capacity expected to increase beyond 550,000 units. This expansion is supported by a major recruitment campaign, with jobs for key posts in Engineering, Maintenance and Production.