Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nissan Investment Set to Create 50 New Jobs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nissan Investment Set to Create 50 New Jobs

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Byline: Dan Warburton Chief reporter dan.warburton@ncjmedia.co.uk

CAR giant Nissan has revealed it will be creating 50 new jobs as a PS20m investment kick-starts the production of the new Juke model on Wearside.

MPs, union chiefs and city leaders welcomed the company's commitment to the North East, and said the investment was a "testament to the dedication and skill of the workforce at the Wearside plant".

It comes just weeks after bosses at the factory confirmed a dip in demand had prompted the loss of 365 temporary roles at the site as 24-hour production on line two was stopped.

A spokesman for the company confirmed the number of positions axed had been scaled back, with bosses needing to make just a fraction of the losses. It is anticipated that the number of people affected will be under 200.

He said new positions at the plant would be a "multi-skilled workforce" with the expertise to maintain machines. New roles at the plant include electrical and mechanical maintenance technicians and supervisors.

Washington MP Sharon Hodgson said: "It is fantastic news that Nissan will be investing a further PS20m into their factory here in Sunderland and creating 50 new high-quality jobs to support the plant's product line, including the new Qashqai and now the new Nissan Juke.

"This announcement is testament to the dedication and skill of the workforce at the Wearside plant and shows a positive commitment to the enduring relationship between Nissan, Sunderland City Council and the wider North East, and I hope to see this con-tinue far into the future."

More than 540,000 Jukes have been produced in the UK since 2010 as Nissan continue to invest heavily in the UK manufacturing sector and the North East factory.

The production of the company's electric LEAF, new Note and new Qashqai in Sunderland represents an investment of more than PS800m, which is estimated to support more than 38,000 jobs across the UK. …

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