In spite of the potential adverse effects of the BREXIT decision, here in the North East of England we are working hard to capitalise on some positive manufacturing decisions. The good news from NISSAN is that they will produce the next generation of Qashqai vehicles at their very successful car manufacturing plant in Sunderland AND the X-Trail SUV model.
Buoyed by this decision, Sunderland and South Tyneside councils are working in partnership to deliver the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IMAP). IMAP is a 100-hectare site close to Nissan and is expected to create more than 500 new jobs every year from 2018 and in excess of 5,200 advanced manufacturing jobs when fully developed.
The industrial park is expected to attract businesses in the automotive, energy, low-carbon, logistics and offshore manufacturing fields. It will help with a commitment the UK government made to Nissan to ensure that more of their supply chain can locate in the UK and in close proximity to the major manufacturing site.
Public consultation on the scheme begins at the end of November 2016 and is an important step in the development of IMAP, which is set to unlock over £300m of private sector investment into our region.
Very good news indeed and very, very positive for the future of the area.