Nissan announced 400 new jobs in Sunderland Automobile Plant to increase production of its new Qashqai SUV and plans to increase production of electric vehicles.
These positions are a mixture of new temporary and permanent positions. It seeks to increase the production of new SUVs and prepares the factory to produce its next electric model and the current Leaf EV.
A few weeks ago, the Japanese company, with the British government’s support, confirmed that it would build a battery manufacturing plant near its Wearside car production plant.
This job announcement was seen as a major boost after Nissan was forced to cut production due to the recent Covid absence, and many of its workers became isolated after being tested by the NHS app.
The global lack of semiconductor computer chips for automobiles also has limited production at the Sunderland plant, as has been the case with several engine manufacturers in recent weeks.
Alan Johnson, vice president of manufacturing at Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, said the recruitment drive for new jobs pronounced was another vote of confidence in the city of Sunderland and its staff.
On 1 July, the Japanese carmaker said it is set to make a huge venture in the Sunderland site as part of its EV36Zero plans and a new battery-making gigafactory.
The transformational project has been launched with an initial £1billion investment by Nissan and its partners Envision AESC, a global player in world-leading battery technology, and Sunderland City Council.
Nissan will also receive funding from the UK Government’s £500million Automotive Transformation Fund. The battery-making site is projected to offer more than 1,600 new jobs in Sunderland and 4,500 in the wider supply chain.
The supply of batteries will be utilized to produce a new electric crossover that will restore the current Leaf EV produced at the Wearside plant.
Some of the new jobs will be responsible for preparing the plant for an increased electric vehicle output, including the requirement for new machinery and a separate production line.
In his statement, Mr Johnson said: ‘Last month, we announced the £1billion investment for Nissan EV36Zero in the plant, the biggest single investment since we opened 35 years ago.’This is a real vote of confidence in Sunderland from our parent company in Japan and will really reaffirm Sunderland’s reputation as a world-class manufacturer.”
He added, “These recruits will play an important role in preparing the plant for the arrival of the new all-electric crossover model, as well as delivering Qashqai, Juke and Leaf to our customers in more than 130 world markets.”