Coronavirus: Nissan suspends production at Sunderland plant indefinitely

Nissan is suspending production at its Sunderland plant indefinitely as the coronavirus crisis continues to hits its supply chain and sales.

Friday, 20th March 2020, 12:01 pm
Updated Friday, 20th March 2020, 4:11 pm

The car giant announced on Tuesday, March 17, that it was sending staff home with immediate effect and would continue to update the public.

On Friday, March 20, Nissan released details of the coronavirus crisis on its operations – adding that the suspension will continue “until further notice”.

A statement said: “The company is following all advice from national governments and has implemented a range of measures to ensure the welfare of employees and communities.

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Nissan is suspending production at its Sunderland plant until further notice.

“Additionally, Nissan is ready to support any initiatives where its manufacturing and engineering expertise can be useful.

“On Tuesday March 17, vehicle production in Nissan Sunderland Plant was suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency. This suspension will now continue until further notice.

“We will continue to assess supply chain disruption and market demand as the situation evolves.

“In Spain, Nissan on March 19th announced a Temporary Lay Off (TLO) for ‘Force Majeure’ for employees impacted by COVID-19 in Nissan Barcelona Plant, and the nearby Montcada and Sant Andreu sites in Catalonia.

“This covers around 3,000 people and will continue in line with the special measures put in place by the Spanish authorities. Vehicle production in Barcelona has been suspended since Friday, March 13, due to restrictions on movement which impacted the local supply base.

“Production has also stopped in Nissan Avila Plant, from March 16, until further notice. In Nissan Cantabria Plant production was suspended from March 19, and the situation for that plant remains under review.”