Nissan Presses on in England
Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK, has completed the installation of a £37-million stamping press line that’s taken 18 months to complete but which provides the plant the ability to produce as many as 2.5-million panels for the vehicles manufactures: the Nissan Juke, Qashqai and Leaf, as well as the Infiniti Q30 and QX30.
The Komatsu press line is more than 10 meters high and has foundations that are some 6.5 meters deep. It stamps with a force of >5,200 metric tonnes.
The space required for the press line and the accompanying panel storage area is 6,780m².
The Nissan Sunderland plant, which went into production in 1986, has just produced its nine-millionth vehicle. About the accomplishment, Nissan’s Divisional Vice President, European Manufacturing, Kevin Fitzpatrick, said: “Reaching nine million cars is also a tremendous achievement for the plant. The vehicles we make have come a long way from the first Nissan Bluebird to roll off the line. And it’s not just the quantity - it’s the quality of craftsmanship that goes into our innovative and exciting cars that will keep pushing us towards new production records.”
Presumably the new press line will help.
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