Nissan cuts UK production over Japan quake

Nissan today became the latest car manufacturer to be hit by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan when it announced three non-production days at its UK plant.

The firm said its Easter shutdown at the Sunderland plant will be extended, with no cars being built from April 26 to 28 because of an interruption to the normal supply of components.

The move means no cars will be built in Sunderland from the end of shifts on April 21 until May 3 because of the Easter break and extra holiday for the royal wedding.

Honda announced yesterday it will halve production at its factory in Swindon from next week until the end of May because of a shortage of parts from Japan.

Nissan said the effect on its 5,000 workers in Sunderland will be kept to a minimum by bringing forward non-production days already planned for later in the year and by continuing to respond flexibly to the temporary disruption.

"Plant management remains in close contact with Nissan's global supply chain function to assess the need for any further action to align production with the availability of parts on an ongoing basis.

"Demand for all Sunderland-produced models remains high, and once the normal delivery of components has been re-established, the plant will work to recover any lost volume as quickly as possible.

"Despite the current temporary operational difficulties being faced by all vehicle manufacturers, Nissan is well-placed to respond quickly and flexibly to the current challenges, supported by the professionalism of our staff, suppliers and dealer network, and we are confident of making a complete recovery in the short term," the firm said in a statement.

The 3,000 Honda workers will remain on full pay, and the halving of production will lead to 22,500 fewer cars being built, although the firm said it will make up the production by the end of the financial year.