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Nissan has applied for permission to build an extra 25,000 sq feet of floorspace at its Sunderland plant
THE region’s biggest factory is set to grow after car maker Nissan launched plans to extend its record-breaking Sunderland plant.
The Japanese manufacturer, which employs more than 6,000 North-East staff, has applied for permission to build an extra of 25,000 sq feet of floorspace to expand the body shop, paint shop, trim and chassis and press shop.
The move would see the plant grow by about 10 per cent, giving it the capacity to handle existing production as well as new models coming on stream, such as the luxury Infiniti vehicle.
If Sunderland City Council’s planning committee gives it the go-ahead Nissan plans to start building work in the coming months, with construction of the new facilities expected to take about a year.
A company spokesman said the extension would support the continued growth of Nissan’s UK operations, reflecting the success of models manufactured in Sunderland including Qashqai, Juke, Note and the all-electric Nissan Leaf.
The firm does not expect the expansion will have a major impact on staffing levels but confirmed that it has an ongoing recruitment programme for engineering and maintenance workers.
Details of the vacancies can be found at the website: www.careersatnissan.co.uk
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