Nissan Sunderland Plant Suspends Car Production Over Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus, production at the Nissan car factory in Sunderland has been suspended.

The Nissan car factory in Sunderland is the biggest in the UK and employs 7,000 people.

The car maker said it had seen a drop on demand as well as problems getting parts from China.

Last year, the site made almost 350,000 of Britain’s 1.3m cars.

The company said that at the moment, staff will continue to be paid but it is not clear how long the halt in production will last.

Sharon Hodgson, Washington and Sunderland West Labour MP, said she would be urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take action to secure the plant’s future. She said: “The news that Nissan UK has decided to suspend production at the plant in my constituency is extremely concerning and shows just how much of an impact coronavirus is having on our country. I will be writing to the Prime Minister, urging him to take further action to safeguard industries and businesses that are already suffering as a result of the virus. Forth thousand people in and around my constituency rely on the plant for their livelihoods and I will do everything I can to secure them.”

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