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Nissan: $1bn in Sunderland battery plant will create thousands of jobs

Christian Fernsby |
Nissan announced it was planning to invest £420 million in a plant in Sunderland creating 1,600 jobs in the city and 4,500 more in the supply chain.

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Nissan chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta, unveiling the project to the media on the factory floor, said this month was the 35th anniversary of the plant building its first car.

He said: “This is a £1 billion birthday present for all of my colleagues here.”

Nissan president and chief executive Makoto Uchida said: “This project comes as part of Nissan’s pioneering efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the entire lifecycle of our products.

“Our comprehensive approach includes not only the development and production of EVs, but also the use of on-board batteries as energy storage and their reuse for secondary purposes.

“Our announcement today comes out of lengthy discussions held within our teams, and will greatly accelerate our efforts in Europe to achieve carbon neutrality. The experience and know-how gained through the project announced today will be shared globally, enhancing Nissan’s global competitiveness.

“Nissan will continue to leverage its strengths in electrification to become a company that continues to provide value to its customers and society.”

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