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Nissan’s UK plant is an ‘important part’ of its business

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Nissan has stressed that their UK plant remains an “important part” of their business following the closure a factory in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday.

The Japanese car giant announced the closure of the Spanish car plant with thousands of jobs gone as a result of worldwide restructuring over the pandemic.

The car giant have introduced a four year plan that will cut production along with their model range by around a fifth.

A Nissan spokesman said, “Europe will remain an important part of Nissan’s global business. We have more than three decades of history in Europe, where Nissan created the crossover segment and took the lead in the rollout of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

“As the new Nissan Mid Term Plan explains, the company will be focusing on core models and technologies, which in Europe is our range of crossovers and electrified technologies.

“Sunderland remains an important part of our plans for the European business. The new Juke was recently launched, and the plant is now preparing for the arrival of the new Qashqai.”

Nissan posted in the year to 31 March an annual operating loss of £306.2m.

Nissan chief executive Makoto Uchida said: “Our transformation plan aims to ensure steady growth instead of excessive sales expansion.

“We will now concentrate on our core competencies and enhancing the quality of our business, while maintaining financial discipline and focusing on net revenue per unit to achieve profitability.

“This coincides with the restoration of a culture defined by ‘Nissan-ness’ for a new era.”

Unite union national officer Steve Bush said: “Unite continues to push for sector level assistance from government to support the transition of our world-class automotive industry in these unprecedented times. But that does not mean we will stand by as companies discuss detrimental measures in reaction to immediate and short-term challenges.

“We are seeking clear assurances from Nissan that the cost-cutting measures spoken about will not impact on our members’ jobs, terms and conditions or other benefits at Europe’s most efficient plant, Sunderland.

“We have made it clear to Nissan that any attempt to do this will be fought by the union and a loyal, world-class workforce.”




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