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Nissan's Sunderland Plant To Shut For Three Days As Japan Quake Hits Supplies

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/07/nissan-sunderland-three-day-shutdown

Nissan will halt production at its Sunderland plant for three days as the Japanese carmarker joined its compatriots Honda and Toyota in reducing its British operations in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

Japan's three largest carmakers have been hit by a components shortage that has affected their operations at home and abroad. Nissan employs 4,900 people at its north-east England factory, one of the most high-profile examples of foreign direct investment in the UK, where it makes the Juke, Note and Qashqai brands.

Nissan said it would bring foward three non-production days scheduled for the second half of the year to 26, 27 and 28 of April. "Demand for all Sunderland-produced models remains high and once the normal delivery of components has been reestablished, the plant will work to recover any lost volume as quickly as possible," said Nissan, which made 423,000 cars last year and plans to make a similar number in 2011.

However, a spokesman for Nissan's Sunderland operations said there was a possibility of further pauses, as its parent company continued to grapple with the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and crisis at the Fukushima power plant.

"All options are open," said the spokesman. "Over the coming weeks, hopefully we will get greater clarity and if we need to take further action then we will."

Yet another car company making changes, you get the feeling these shut downs will be happening frequently in Sunderland.

At least new car sales are strong in the UK. All the problems are down to supply chains rather than UK demand.....

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Apparently one of Nissan's Japanese plants is very near the coast and just a few miles south of the nuclear plant so it's likely to be completely out of action. Another about 80 miles away (but inland) so a bit beyond the reported zones of limitations.

Most of the plants seem to be around the Tokyo area (several on/near the coast) - apparently 6 of their plants reported eartquake/tsunami damage and were going to have some suspension of works according to carfanatics on 14 March. Things haven't got any better since then - at least so far as the nuclear plant's concerned.

Depends on what's produced where etc but with the likely loss of the plant near the nuclear plant that could be maybe 10% loss of production in Japan plus whatever else from earthquake/tsunami suspension and so on.

Edited by billybong

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Nissan will halt production at its Sunderland plant for three days as the Japanese carmarker joined its compatriots Honda and Toyota in reducing its British operations in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

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"Demand for all Sunderland-produced models remains high and once the normal delivery of components has been reestablished, the plant will work to recover any lost volume as quickly as possible,"

It'll take time to instal geiger counters on their production lines in Sunderland.

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