§ Third production shift to be implemented in response to Qashqai demand
§ Recruitment to begin for 800 new staff
§ Over 130,000 Qashqai models sold in
§ A record 353,000 total units produced at Nissan’s
§ The plant is the
Nissan is to recruit 800 additional staff and implement a third production shift at its manufacturing plant in
This contributed to the plant achieving a record annual production volume of 353,000 units of Qashqai, Note, Micra and Micra C+C models in 2007, surpassing its previous volume record of 332,000 set in 2003. Now with orders still above forecast and a customer order bank of 60,000 units,
By December 2008, 800 additional manufacturing staff will be recruited. Of these, 400 will be permanent positions, and the remainder will be temporary contracts.
In addition, all of the
Trevor Mann, senior vice-president for manufacturing and supply chain management, Nissan Europe, said, ‘Currently on two shifts, we can produce 200,000 Qashqais per year. However, the car is proving so popular we now need to significantly increase our volume. Today, this level of recruitment in the Western European car manufacturing sector is rare, and reflects the ongoing commitment Nissan has in its
In addition to recruitment directly at the plant, it is estimated that more than 400 new posts will be created throughout Nissan’s local supply base to support the third shift.
SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt, commented: ‘The Qashqai, designed, developed and manufactured here in the
The Qashqai was designed at Nissan Design Europe, in Paddington,
In May last year, the car was awarded the maximum five-star rating for adult occupant protection from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the highest-ever recorded score for any vehicle.