Nissan’s Sunderland plant is likely to remain shut till Jan 25 on delays of supply parts hindering production, according to media reports. Nissan Sunderland is the UK’s largest car plant in terms of capacity.
Supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic has led to the shut down of production on line one at the Sunderland plant.
Several carmakers had to stop production because of the current shortage of semicondustors. A congestion at ports is leading to delay of parts. Shipping companies pointed to the Brexit stockpiling for sustaining delays before the new year, stated UK reports.
Honda UK factory in Swindon was also shut down in the absence of semiconductors. Globally, several other major auto companies shut production for some days plagued with the global shortage of chips.
Production at the Nissan plant was already down due to the pandemic-related shutdowms in the beginning of 2020. The Sunderland plant produced around 366,000 units in 2019. The plant has a capacity to produce 600,000 units a year.
Nissan Sunderland plant announced that they are in the UK for the long haul after the Brexit deal between UK and EU. Brexit trade deal put Nissan in an advantageous position in the UK and outside, and the company is likely to shift production of electric car batteries to Sunderland from Japan.