Nissan celebrates 25 years in the North-East

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Nissan is celebrating 25 years of production at its Sunderland plant since its official opening in 1986.

With 12 different models and more than 6.2 million vehicles manufactured in the North-East, staff are now gearing up for production of the Nissan Leaf in 2013 as well as a new Lithium-ion battery plant in the new year and the entire production process of the new Nissan Qashqai.

To mark the anniversary, staff at the plant will be adding a model Qashqai, a telephone directory, newspapers from the day and a Sunderland AFC shirt to the original time capsule created in 1986.

The Prime Ministerof the day, Margaret Thatcher, opened the plant and as part of the ceremony painted the second eye on a traditional Japanese 'Daruma' doll following Prince Charles' visit to the Zama plant in Japan where he painted the first eye.

Of the 430 people who were employed when the plant 25 years ago, 133 still remain.

25 years of Nissan production in Britain

25 years of Nissan production in Britain