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Sunderland: Nissan announces battery ‘gigafactory’ bringing 1,600 jobs

Nissan’s future in Sunderland looked uncertain before Brexit was finalised (Picture: Getty Images)

Japanese car giant Nissan is to build a new electric model and huge battery plant in the UK in a massive boost to the automotive industry.

More than 1,600 jobs will be created in Sunderland and an estimated 4,500 in supply companies under an investment of £1billion.

More than £420million will be invested in building a new-generation all-electric vehicle, which is yet to be named.

Nissan had previously warned its Sunderland site ‘will not be sustainable’ if there was no Brexit deal, as excessive customs checks on overseas supplies risked slowing production right down.

It is the biggest plant in the UK, employing 6,000 workers and supporting up to 24,000 in the supply chain.

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