Tyne and Wear
Modern , Regeneration
With a long history of mining and manufacturing, the closure of coalmines and ship yards in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s meant tough times for the people of the North East. But the opening of the Nissan factory in Sunderland in 1986 started a new era of car manufacturing success. The Nissan factory has since played an important role in reshaping the North East economy over the last 30 years.
The Nissan factory has proved to be an innovator in manufacturing, production and engineering, becoming the UK's biggest car plant and credited as Europe’s most productive car plant achieving record levels of productivity. In 2012, annual production reached 500,000 cars.
The innovation in Nissan's Sunderland plant also goes beyond manufacturing. The plant has established an onsite wind farm, producing up to 10% of its own energy needs, significantly cutting carbon dioxide emissions and reducing its costs.