A COUNCIL boss has hopes the latest Nissan car deal will create lucrative commercial spin-offs and jobs for South Tyneside.
The Wearside car giant yesterday announced plans to build the new Infiniti premium hatchback as part of a massive £250m investment package.
Set to create almost 300 jobs and safeguard 1,000 more across the region, the announcement was welcomed as a “strong endorsement” of Britain’s car industry by Business Secretary Vince Cable, who visited the Washington plant as the deal was announced.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This is tremendous news for the area.
“Nissan already employs a substantial number of people from South Tyneside, and I would hope that number will be increased as a result of this announcement.
“Anything which helps to bring down the unemployment rate in the borough is to be welcomed.
“The council’s procurement strategy is focused on keeping contracts local and there could be spin-offs for South Tyneside from this deal.”
The new Nissan venture could also help sustain jobs at parts maker Faltec Europe Ltd, previously Hashimoto, at Boldon Business Park.
It manufactures exterior plastic trims and radiator grills for Nissan.
There could also be benefits for South Tyneside franchised car dealer, Vic Young Nissan, of Newcastle Road, South Shields.
Production of the new Infinti model is expected to create an additional 1,000 jobs across the country, including 280 new posts at the Wearside plant, which will build up to 60,000 models a year.
The announcement came as Nissan is poised to smash its own record and produce more than half a million cars this year.