Sunderland plant to take on new workers to meet demand
11 May 2009

Nissan is recruiting an additional 150 manufacturing staff on fixed-term contracts from June to meet short-term demand for new cars prompted by scrappage schemes.

Last month Nissan reported a year-on-year increase in sales in several major European markets currently operating a scrappage scheme. This includes Germany, where sales rose nine per cent, France, where sales rose 31 per cent and Italy, where sales rose 21%.

The additional staff will receive four-month contracts and work on the Sunderland plant's two production lines. Around 14,000 extra cars are expected to be built.

The Temporary Manufacturing Staff, who will receive 4-month contracts, will operate over both of the plant’s two production lines to support a planned volume increase of around 14,000 units in total.

Trevor Mann, Nissan Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Europe said: "The impact of the financial crisis is continuing and our 2009 full-year forecasts still reflect a depressed market overall.

"However, this short term spike in demand, fuelled by a number of scrappage schemes introduced across Europe, is clearly a very welcome boost to business during what is a highly challenging period for all car makers."

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