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New Nissan factory set to create thousands of jobs at Sunderland site

An international car manufacturer is set to create thousands of jobs with a “major expansion” to its Sunderland plant.

Nissan, which is one of the biggest employers in the North East, has reportedly received financial support from the government for the project, which is expected to cost hundreds of millions of pounds.

The expansion, which will create a new plant on the site, will create thousands of new jobs in the area.

Earlier this year, three people involved in the project shared that the new factory, will produce 200,000 batteries each year.

When speculation around the new plant began earlier this year, Nissan commented: “Having established EV [electric vehicle] and battery production in the UK in 2013 for the Nissan Leaf, our Sunderland plant has played a pioneering role in developing the electric vehicle market.

“As previously announced, we will continue to electrify our line-up as part of our global journey towards carbon neutrality.

“However, we have no further plans to announce at this time.”

A spokesman for the government’s business department also declined to comment on the details, but added: “We are dedicated to securing gigafactories, and continue to work closely with investors and vehicle manufacturers to progress plans to mass produce batteries in the UK.”

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