Nissan’s decision to build a new model, the Invitation, at its Sunderland plant has been welcomed by the Port of Tyne, where the car maker has an export terminal.
Port chief Andrew Moffat said: “This is more welcome news from Nissan and the Port of Tyne is delighted to play a part in Nissan’s continuing success by ensuring the company can get its cars to market very quickly and efficiently, helping to make it highly competitive across the world.”
Nissan’s car terminal at Tyne Dock exported a record number of its current models, the Juke, Note and Qashqai last year.
The Nissan site is one of three car terminals at the port. VW has an import facility in North Tyneside, while the other is a transhipment terminal, a holding centre for all makes and models en route to markets all over the world. In total the port handled 667,000 cars last year.
The port has also been developing its logistics business and handles the import and warehousing of car parts supporting the Sunderland plant’s just in time processes.