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1200 new jobs at Nissan according to the Evening Chronicle, quite unprecedented investment by a motor maker in a Western European plant.

Dare we dream of a mini-boom in industrial jobs in the North East?

Could have very positive ramifications for many planned (and not yet planned) developments.

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Nothing to do with buildings but I love how the Port Of Tyne is developing. So great to see all them Coal ships in the river aswell as the car transporters. Hopefully the car industry will pick up soon and more ships will be coming in to Nissan.

Would love to see an increase in bulk container ships too, it would really take the port to the next level.
 

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Nothing to do with buildings but I love how the Port Of Tyne is developing. So great to see all them Coal ships in the river aswell as the car transporters. Hopefully the car industry will pick up soon and more ships will be coming in to Nissan.

Would love to see an increase in bulk container ships too, it would really take the port to the next level.
Looks like it will soon as the new Nissan model has been confirmed for the Sunderland plant with production commencing at the end of the year. !!

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Nissan get £370 million for their work on Electric Cars.

Good news for the workers of the Nissan plant in Sunderland, jobs should be secure, after it was announced that Nissan were getting £370 million for their work into electric cars.



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Whats peoples thoughts/views on Nissans --"Scrappage" deal, --- Nissan's own Scheme means that, --anyone buying a Sunderland built model, --can cash in on £2,000 if they trade in their -- eight to ten year old car, ----does anyone think this will make much difference?


I think the Nissan scheme of a trade in of 8 years instead of the Govs 10 years will help in some way, I suppose every little will help in these times.
 

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Nissan to create 150 new jobs,

Nissan is to create 150 new jobs as demand surges for its Wear-built cars.
The company says there has been a major sales boost due to the scrappage scheme in Europe, where motorists get cash for exchanging their old vehicle for a greener model.

The increase in demand is expected to continue as it is introduced in the UK, leading Nissan to today announce plans to recruit 150 manufacturing staff on fixed four-month contracts from June.

The news comes as sales of Nissan's Sunderland-built Qashqai are rocketing.

Gabi Whitfield, spokeswoman for the motoring giant, said of the 4x4 family car: "Qashqai is our shining star."

Nissan sold 1,539 Qashqais and a further 296 of the new Qashqai+2 in the UK last month, a total rise of 349 – or more than 23 per cent – on April 2008.

The rise was even sharper across Europe, where 12,463 Qashqais and 3,275 +2s were sold last month, up from 10,300 in the same month last year.

The rise helped Nissan increase its share of the UK market from 2.6 per cent to more than 3.2 per cent last month.

Ms Whitfield said: "We all know the market is declining and our focus is on making sure we hold on to, or even increase, our market share.

"The success of Qashqai and Qashqai+2 is a huge part of that."

Nissan will reintroduce weekend working at Sunderland from tomorrow as the car market shows its first signs of recovery.

This will come as a massive relief to workers at the factory, as well as the many Wearside businesses in the supply chain.

The success of car scrappage schemes in Europe has increased demand dramatically, including a 40 per cent rise in sales in Germany.

Nissan has extended the UK Government's forthcoming scrappage scheme from cars over 10 years old to any older than eight years – provided they are traded in against a car built on Wearside," she added.

"We believe we have increased the potential market by another 200,000 possible buyers and we want to encourage them into buying a British-built car from our Sunderland plant."

UK sales of the other models produced at Sunderland – the Micra and the Note – held up reasonably well last month.

Nissan sold 900 Micras last month, down from 964 in April 2008, and 1,004 Notes, down from 1,300.

Micra sales actually rose slightly across Europe last month, with 6,120 sold, a rise of four per cent, but Note was down 39 per cent to just 3,945.

The success of Qashqai is all the more remarkable in light of the overall collapse of the car market – new registrations fell 24 per cent in April.
Excellent news regarding the cities employment and economy. This should be a minor help to blow over the recession and help some unemployed into work, I think signs are starting to show that the recession is starting to dampen down a bit and has past it's likely worst.
 

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Nissan to create 150 new jobs,



Excellent news regarding the cities employment and economy. This should be a minor help to blow over the recession and help some unemployed into work, I think signs are starting to show that the recession is starting to dampen down a bit and has past it's likely worst.


Yes, great news -- makes you wonder at the motives behind laying off 400 permanent staff to start with. It was only four months ago.

Unipres, who laid off about 200 just before Christmas has also been rehiring (former staff) over the past three weeks.
 

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Electric cars

Good news regarding the Development of Electric cars, --this from the Echo----





£10m injection fuels electric car sheme


An electric van based on the Ford Transit


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23 June 2009
By Kevin Clark
Business reporter
Wearside's auto industry will be at the cutting edge of developing electric cars after signing a multimillion-pound deal today.
Sunderland's Nissan plant and the Washington-based Smith Electric Vehicles are part of a new £10.7million project which will pioneer the use of low-carbon cars, buses and lorries on the region's roads.

The Government's Technology Strategy Board confirmed today a North East consortium – made up of Nissan, Smith in partnership with LTI and Ford, Cramlington-based Avid Vehicles and Liberty Electric Cars, Newcastle University and regional development agency One NorthEast – was one of eight winners nationwide of its Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator competition.

The consortium has won £3.9million Government backing to help fund a study which will look at how the vehicles are used and how they influence travel patterns as well as including an education and awareness-raising campaign.

Nissan plant boss Trevor Mann said: "Undoubtedly, the most important trend in urban transport within the next decade will be the shift towards low-carbon.

"There is an increasing desire from the public for environmentally-neutral transport, linked with big improvements in available technology and an increasing urban population.

"All these aspects are combining to create the right environment and demand for a revolution in sustainable transport, which Nissan is aiming to spearhead through the mass marketing of zero-emission electric vehicles from 2012.

"Today's announcement represents an important step towards that future, and we look forward to continue working to make electric vehicles a viable and attractive prospect."

Darren Kell is CEO of The Tanfield Group, which owns Smith Electric Vehicles. He predicted the project would see Wearside at the cutting edge of electric vehicle technology on a global scale.

"With the backing of our consortium partners, Tanfield will achieve some real world-firsts in electric passenger vehicles," he said.

"We will produce exciting new electric vehicles that are designed, developed and delivered right here on Wearside."

The project will see an initial 35 vehicles tested on the region's roads – 15 Nissan cars, 10 Smith electric taxis, five Smith people carriers, a Smith executive minibus, and two saloon cars and two urban Range Rovers produced by Cramlington's Avid Vehicles and Liberty Electric Cars.

Trials will start in Newcastle and Gateshead, where the first charging points are being installed, before moving on to the Tees Valley area and then the wider region.

Chris Pywell, Head of Strategic Economic Change at One North East, said: "This announcement marks a genuinely historic moment for our region and



This is great news, not only for Sunderland and Wearside, ---but also for the whole of the Region.
 

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Nissan car sales are still on the up, the firm say they sold more cars last month than the same time last year, this is good news, I wonder if there will be more jobs created.?
 

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Good news all round with the announcement from the Gov, and Nissan, -----this from the Echo, ---




350 new jobs at Nissan


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View GalleryADVERTISEMENTPublished Date: 20 July 2009
Nissan's Sunderland plant will create up to 350 new jobs and safeguard over 4,000 with its first big step to building electric cars.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson is visiting the factory today to announce the creation of a plant producing 60,000 advanced lithium-ion batteries, which will be the centrepiece of the new North East Low Carbon Economic Area.

Nissan, which is also opening a battery plant in Portugal, said today the news marked 'the first significant step' towards producing batteries for its electric car program in Europe.

Lord Mandelson said today: "This is good news not just for the North East, but for the whole of the UK, helping to attract foreign investment and securing UK's place as a global leader in high-tech manufacturing and automotive industries."

>> Full report and reaction in today's Sudnerland Echo

The full article contains 144 words and appears in Sunderland Echo newspaper.
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Good news all round with the announcement from the Gov, and Nissan, -----this from the Echo, ---




350 new jobs at Nissan


Nissan latest


« Previous « PreviousNext » Next »
View GalleryADVERTISEMENTPublished Date: 20 July 2009
Nissan's Sunderland plant will create up to 350 new jobs and safeguard over 4,000 with its first big step to building electric cars.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson is visiting the factory today to announce the creation of a plant producing 60,000 advanced lithium-ion batteries, which will be the centrepiece of the new North East Low Carbon Economic Area.

Nissan, which is also opening a battery plant in Portugal, said today the news marked 'the first significant step' towards producing batteries for its electric car program in Europe.

Lord Mandelson said today: "This is good news not just for the North East, but for the whole of the UK, helping to attract foreign investment and securing UK's place as a global leader in high-tech manufacturing and automotive industries."

>> Full report and reaction in today's Sudnerland Echo

The full article contains 144 words and appears in Sunderland Echo newspaper.
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This is seriously good news, and it's vital that it's built on over the coming decade.
 

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Could be more excellent news regarding jobs, ------rumour is that Nissan could build their pioneering first Electric Car at their Sunderland Plant, -----this would not only secure thousands of jobs, --but could possibly create thousands more, --it's great news for our Region, --fingers crossed.:)
 
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I wonder whether it will be classed as being in Sunderland or Washington? Disappointing name too - why not call the developement something more imaginative or perhaps give it a moniker which promotes the City.


There's very good news regarding the --Turbine Business Park, ----this from the Echo, ---



4,000-job business park a step closer


From the left Jason Stowe, director of Wilton Developments; Sunderland Council leader Coun Paul Watson; Bob Culliford, of Clugston Property; Sunderland Council Chief Executive Dave Smith; Margaret Fay, Chairwoman of One North East; and Malcolm Page on the site of Turbine Business Park.

« Previous « PreviousNext » Next »View GalleryADVERTISEMENTPublished Date: 27 August 2009
A business park which is expected to bring 4,000 new jobs to Sunderland has moved a step closer.

The first phase of road and infrastructure work on the £70million Turbine Business Park, being built on land between Sunderland and Washington, is finished.

The site, within the UK's first Low-Carbon Economic Area for Ultra-Low-Carbon Vehicles, is being delivered by regional development agency One North East with work on the new access road and infrastructure carried out by Barmston Developments Ltd.

The scheme involves the building of a 715,000sq ft business park with office and industrial units, a hotel, car showroom, retail outlets and a hotel built.

There will also be road improvements to the A19 and A1231 junction.

Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "It's fantastic to mark this milestone in the construction of the park which, when complete will provide a much-needed location for both new and expanding businesses.

"Turbine Business Park will incorporate quality office space and manufacturing premises to meet the needs of the business community and create up to 4,000 new jobs."

Margaret Fay, Chairwoman of One North East, said: "Turbine Business Park has an important regeneration role to play within the new Low-Carbon Economic Area.

"The development of electric vehicles in the region is providing major opportunities for business, and North East England is in pole position to benefit from this emerging new industry.

"The infrastructure works are now completed on site and we are genuinely excited by the prospects for jobs and investment here."

Lets hope the projected job figures come to fruition.--:)
 

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I wonder whether it will be classed as being in Sunderland or Washington? Disappointing name too - why not call the developement something more imaginative or perhaps give it a moniker which promotes the City.


Nissan tends to be regarded as 'Sunderland' when discussed nationally, and 'Washington' when discussed within in the region. Does it matter?
 
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Can't agree with you there. Your straight on the A19 and A1 from the site of what is now NISSAN. It's just as easy to get up to the Borders from there as from Ponteland and if it had been built in Sunderland you could have travelled to Teeside by car or rail very quickly indicating that a second facility like Durham Tees Valley would have been unnecessary. North Yorkshire could have been served from Leeds/ Bradford. It would even have been possible to connect a Sunderland International Airport direct to the main rail network - you could have even got there from Leeds, York or Edinburgh in less than an hour.

The "can't let the Mackems have it" mentality that led to Sir John Hall having a hissy fit in 1992 when SAFC tried to build a new stadium there is probably the reasoning behind the choice of location.

Come on, I thought that we were trying to move past snide digs like this and have serious discussions about developments, past, present, planned or binned. There's just no need whatsoever.

As for the location of an airport, Sunderland would be more centrally located in terms of serving the whole North East. However, there are other airports which are accessible from the southern areas of the region, like Durham Tees and Leeds Bradford. By comparison, there are no other airports between Newcastle and Edinburgh, so there is a fair reason for why Newcastle makes a good location in that sense.
 

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in theory the nissan plant would be a good location for an airport, but the simple fact is that while both were open the market went to newcastle's option and not sunderland's, with the former getting a million passengers a year in the 70s and sunderland's barely attracting a trickle of patronage.
 

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Could be good news for the workforce, ---this from the Echo, --




Nissan's Sunderland plant could build new electric carsPremium Article
Sign InRegisterTrevor Mann (left) of Nissan’s signing an agreement with One North east chairwoman Margaret Fay.

Published Date:
18 December 2009
By Tim Booler
An agreement was signed today which brings electric cars a step closer to the streets of Wearside.
Regional development agency One North East and car giant Nissan entered the next phase of their partnership on the development of green transport in the North East.

The two parties met on the shop floor of Nissan's Wearside factory to sign an agreement which sets out the roll-out of electric vehicles.

It also confirms the region's status as the main base for the development of ultra low-carbon transport.

Nissan Sunderland plant boss Trevor Mann described the signing as "significant."

He said electric vehicle production was very important to the company.
"We believe in the medium term it is the right direction."

One North East has promised to install at least 619 publicly available, "future-proof" charging points by January 2011 to support both 3kW and 7kW charges and will also include twelve 50kW "rapid-charging" stations.

Nissan has agreed to supply its new Leaf electric vehicles to the North East in early 2011.


Wear Electric campaing launched.

The Leaf is the world's first affordable electric vehicle for the global mass market.

Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, the medium-size hatchback comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 100 miles.

Mr Mann said getting the infrastructure in place could help the bid to bring production of the Leaf to Wearside.

One North East will now develop incentives for electric vehicle owners, such as dedicated public parking places by November 2010 and preferential access to identified road lanes and city areas.

Chairwoman Margaret Fay said: "Today marks a significant step forward in our ambitions to become a leading global location for ultra low carbon vehicles.

"The commitments we are making today will show industry and consumers alike that North East England is serious about electric vehicles.

"We look forward to stimulating and shaping this emerging industry which will create new jobs for our region and help treduce CO2 emissions."


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They are doing a very good job, ---well done, ---this from the Echo, ---






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Published Date:
26 January 2010
By Kevin Clark
NISSAN'S Sunderland plant is the UK's biggest car factory – for the 12th year running.

Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today show more than one car in every three built in Britain last year came from the Wearside plant.

Nissan built 338,150 cars in Sunderland last year, more than a third of the total of the 999,460 passenger cars produced in the UK in 2009.

The achievement means Sunderland has been the country's biggest car plant since 1998.

Sunderland's most popular product last year was the Qashqai, with nearly 200,000 manufactured. More than half a million Qashqais have been produced in Sunderland since its launch in 2007.

But the plant also benefited from the Government's scrappage scheme.

With smaller family cars the most popular with motorists trading in their old cars under the scheme, the two other models produced at Sunderland, the Micra and Note, also performed strongly.

Plant boss Trevor Mann said: "This is good news for everyone at the plant. Credit for the achievement goes to our Sunderland workforce which continues to work extremely hard to meet demand.

"This performance also reflects the strength of the models we are producing in Sunderland at the moment, especially Qashqai which continues to be an extremely popular car.

"2010 is going to be another tough year for car makers, and the industry is predicting a cooling in demand in general terms.

"However, Sunderland has worked hard to win the right models for the market and we are benefitting from that."

Qashqai will receive another boost in the spring when an extensively updated version will be launched.

The refreshed model will feature a new front-end design, LED rear lights and offer customers two new exterior colours as well as an environmentally efficient "Pure Drive" diesel engine producing only 129g/km of CO2.

And in August Sunderland will begin producing the all-new Juke crossover, which has been designed and developed to give customers an alternative to the small hatchback in Europe. Juke goes on sale in the autumn.


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Nissan taking on 400 temporary workers as orders are predicted to rise for the new look Qashqai, ----it's a pity the jobs are not permanent, ---but I suppose they are better than now't, ---and who knows, -- they might lead to full time employment.
 
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