Nissan Sunderland Plant Turns 25

On this day 25 years ago, Nissan’s Sunderland Plant opened it doors for the first time, meaning that the Japanese carmaker’s presence in the UK dates back to the Thatcher era.
To celebrate the event, Lady Thatcher, the then-Prime Minister travelled to the North East to perform the ceremony and to paint the second eye on a traditional Japanese ‘daruma’ doll to confirm the successful opening of the plant. This followed the painting of the first eye by Prince Charles and Princess Diana during a visit to Nissan’s Zama Plant in Japan.

“I celebrate this milestone with the Nissan Sunderland Plant and commend the significant achievements of the plant and its employees over the past 25 years,”
said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co. “As the UK’s largest car plant, biggest car exporter, and soon battery plant - with battery production for the Nissan LEAF planned for next year - Sunderland is a beacon of Nissan’s exemplary leadership in manufacture, management and technology, which define a global car company in the 21st century.”

"I welcome Nissan's continued investment in the UK, and the important role Nissan is playing in helping to rebalance our economy. With the design, development and manufacture of their new generation Qashqai all taking place in the UK, Nissan has restated its confidence in the skills of its British workforce and in the UK's manufacturing sector," current British Prime Minister David Cameron added.
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