Nissan Reverses UK Investment Decision

Postado Fevereiro 07, 2019

The company's official statement said that in order to support heavy investment in new technology and equipment at its Sunderland operations (where the Juke, Qashqai and Leaf models will continue to be produced) it has made a decision to consolidate the X-Trail's production in its Japanese facility.

The EU insists that the current deal "remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal", and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Sunday that "if the British want to avoid a disorderly Brexit, our offer is on the table".

Clark has now released the four-page letter sent to Nissan in 2016, promising "a package of support in areas such as skills, R&D and innovation" that "could amount to [.] up to £80m". "The company has chose to optimise its investments in Europe by consolidating X-Trail production in Kyushu, the production hub for this global model", Nissan said on Sunday.

"We will set our ambitions high and vigorously pursue continued access to the European market as an objective in future negotiations", Clark pledged in the letter.

Meanwhile, Clark revealed the firm would need to re-apply for government funding after deciding not to build new vehicle models at its United Kingdom plan.

Clark told Parliament on Monday that as the terms of Nissan's investment had changed, they would need to re-apply for the funding.

Nissan is the UK's biggest vehicle plant, employing 7,000 people, with a further 30,000 jobs in its United Kingdom supply chain and 4,000 in its United Kingdom dealer network, taking the total number of British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000.

"While we have taken this decision for business reasons, the continued uncertainty around the UK's future relationship with the European Union is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future", Nissan officials added.

Japanese automaker Nissan Motors recently announced that they would no longer be manufacturing their new X-Trail SUV model in the UK.

The business secretary had promised support of up to £80m back in 2016 as the government scrambled to reassure the auto industry about Brexit.

Nissan's plant in Sunderland is the biggest auto factory in the UK.

On Feb. 1, an EU-Japan free trade agreement also kicked in, which includes the EU's commitment to removing tariffs of 10 percent on imported Japanese cars, diminishing part of the business case for building in Europe.

BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would be "armed with a fresh mandate and new ideas" when she next meets European Union negotiators over her Brexit deal.

Automotive manufacturers in the United Kingdom with diesel cars that fail to meet the latest emission standards now face a number of hefty levies.