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Nick Clegg visits Nissan’s Sunderland plant

By Kyle Lindsay
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 14:00

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VISITOR: Nissan host Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has visited Nissan’s production plant in Sunderland.

Mr Clegg was given a guided tour of the award-winning facility, which is currently enjoying a £250million revamp aimed at accommodating production of next year’s Infiniti Q30.

The UK government had supported the extension with a £9.2million grant through the Regional Growth Fund.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK at Nissan, said: “We were very pleased to welcome the Deputy Prime Minister for the first time to our Sunderland Plant.

“Preparations for Infiniti production are progressing well and we are grateful for the government’s support in securing this new premium vehicle for the UK.”

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“Preparations for Infiniti production are progressing well and we are grateful for the government’s support in securing this new premium vehicle for the UK.”

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan

Mr Clegg watched the Nissan Qashqai and all-electric Leaf in production, as well as being shown the new e-NV200 all-electric van.

He ended his visit with a Q&A session with Nissan staff in the Gateshead College Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation (SASMI), home to Nissan’s only Global Training Centre outside Japan.

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