Nissan Invests £ 400 Million In New PressMarch 6, 2020
Nissan invested £ 400 million in its Sunderland plant, including £ 52 million in a new ultra-large metal press to prepare for the third-generation Qashqai later this year.
Some statistics about the new press are unusual. It can exert pressure of 4,400 tons, produce more than 6.1 million car panels per year, weigh more than 2,000 tons, and it takes 18 months to install it. It is also equipped with a new waste processing system for sorting and recycling scrap, as well as upgrading the existing billet line, which delivers metal sheets ready for pressing.
The first panel to be produced by the new line was the wing for the Nissan Juke, which is currently in the second generation. March 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the first ever Juke coming off the production line at the Sunderland plant. The current model is built exclusively at the factory since October 2019.
An investment of £ 400 million follows the previous injection of £ 100 million for the production of Juke and is part of a total package of £ 1 billion spent on the plant over five years. Nissan’s investments were supported by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the new press line, Nissan Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta said: “When the first Nissan Qashqai rolled off the assembly line in Sunderland in 2006, it created the crossover segment.”
“Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, and more than three million cars later, it remains the benchmark, just as our team in the UK continues to set standards for performance and quality.”
Steve Marsh, vice president of production at Nissan Sunderland, added: “Watching the first perfect panels coming out of the press was a proud moment and reflects the tremendous skills we have here at Wearside.
“Juke is a cult model. “I know that I am speaking on behalf of the entire factory, saying how proud we are to see this fantastic new version on the roads, and that we are determined to continue to provide it at the level of quality that our customers expect.”
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