A 45-acre parcel of land in the southern area of the Nissan site has been sold to UK property developers Wilton and Clugston to fund the centre, whose primary role will be to receive, store and prepare in-bound car parts for delivery to the production line.
Construction work on the centre, which will be located on the south side of the existing trim and chassis shop, will begin later this month. The centre is scheduled to be fully operational by February 2008.
A third-party logistics provider will staff the facility by operating two shifts. Around 55 employees per shift will be needed to run the centre, creating approximately 15 new posts.
Trevor Mann, Nissan senior vice president of manufacturing, Europe, said: “The new centre will handle inbound parts for the Sunderland plant. Increasingly, these are coming from further afield, in bulk volume.
“By bulk sourcing parts we are making significant total cost savings, which helps our plant to improve its competitiveness. This in turn puts us in a stronger position when bidding for future models.”
In the future Nissan will make increasing use of the Port of Tyne facility, a deep water port located close to the plant, to receive parts in large volume from around the world.
Once operational, the centre will reduce the number of truck deliveries to the Nissan Sunderland site by 11,000 per year, this will decrease in carbon dioxide emissions and congestion around the plant.