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Nissan adds third shift at Sunderland

Nissan is to launch a temporary third production shift at its manufacturing plant in Sunderland, UK, in response to continuing high demand for Qashqai.
Throughout the course of last year the plant has been working to satisfy orders on two shifts, but sales of the popular crossover have now reached levels where demand is out-stripping supply.
As a result, from May of this year a night shift will be added to the Qashqai production line. Although the market will dictate how long the night shift remains in operation, it is expected to be maintained for around six months.
Nissan says it will recruit up to 400 new fixed-term manufacturing posts at the plant and allow retention of an existing 160 temporary staff. It is anticipated that additional posts will also be created across Nissan’s supply chain.
Since its sales launch in March 2007, more than half a million Qashqai’s have been sold across Europe, and the model accounted for 60% of Sunderland’s 2009 total production volume of 338,000 cars.
The updated Qashqai will be followed in the autumn by the sales launch of the all-new Juke crossover, which will also be produced in Sunderland.

12 February 2010


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