Car giant Nissan has safeguarded 1,300 jobs with its
decision to build the new Nissan Micra in the North East.
The £235 million investment in its Sunderland plant could reportedly
generate up to 500 jobs over the next three years.
Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s president said the performance of
the workforce at the plant as well as a £40 million government grant were
instrumental in swaying the balance in Sunderland’s favour, ahead of the
Renault factory in France.
To secure the investment, the plant focused on improving
productivity in the plant and overcoming the economic disadvantages of
manufacturing outside the Euro zone.
By Karen Higginbottom