A factory has officially opened in Sunderland and will employ more than 250 people in the Nissan supply chain.
Senior officials from the Canadian company Magna attended the opening of the new facility on Wearside, which will employ 280 people at full capacity.
The company supplies a range of components, including key body and chassis parts, to the automotive sector and is one of nearly 350 manufacturing facilities that Magna operates in 28 countries and employs more than 150,000 people.
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The Sunderland facility supplies exterior trim parts for Nissan’s new Qashqai model and is home to a robotic assembly line and other new technology.
Tony Park, Group General Manager of Magna Exteriors UK, said: “We are very excited to celebrate the opening of our plant, which has established itself as a key location in the UK and is a major contributor to our work with Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK.
“We are pleased with the speed with which we were able to appoint a qualified team in order to utilize the capacities of the possible standard.”
The plant’s official opening follows the recent announcement of 1,600 jobs at Nissan and its battery partner Envision AESC with the production of a new electric vehicle in Sunderland.
Magna said it also has ambitions to build on work related to electrification, which could create further growth opportunities and more jobs.
Sunderland City Council Chairman Graeme Miller said, “Sunderland is the beating heart of the European automotive sector and at the forefront of the electric revolution in advanced manufacturing. “Nissan’s success has created many thousands of jobs in the area, and Magna’s move to the city is a fantastic example of Sunderland’s ability to support successful local supply chains thanks to its exceptional people, great connectivity and collaborative advanced manufacturing cluster.
“It’s exciting to celebrate the opening of Magna’s facility here, an occasion that expands our fantastic advanced manufacturing base in this city and celebrates the talented local people who have made this facility so successful.”