Japanese earthquake: UK – Nissan to suspend production for 3 days image

Since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Nissan has been assessing and planning for any disruption to its global overseas manufacturing operation.

However, on Thursday, Nissan UK, which employs 4,900 at its Sunderland factory, says it will suspend production for three days this month because of supply disruptions caused by the earthquake in Japan.

The move means no cars will be built in Sunderland from the end of shifts on April 21 until May 3 because of the Easter break and extra holiday for the royal wedding.

Last year the Sunderland factory produced a record 423,262 cars and builds the Juke, Note, and Qashqai models. It has just launched in the UK its all-electric Leaf car, which is currently sourced from Japan, but built in Sunderland from 2013.

“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.

“Despite the current temporary operational difficulties being faced by all vehicle manufacturers, Nissan is well-placed to respond quickly and flexibly to the current challenges, supported by the professionalism of our staff, suppliers and dealer network, and we are confident of making a complete recovery in the short term,” the firm said in a statement.