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File photo: Nissan's manufacturing staff works on the 'Metal Line' in the Body Shop of their Sunderland Plant in Sunderland, North East England on November 12, 2014.  Car giant Nissan announced a halt in production on March 17, 2020 at its Sunderland factory because of falling demand amid the coronavirus outbreak.  (AFP)
File photo: Nissan's manufacturing staff works on the 'Metal Line' in the Body Shop of their Sunderland Plant in Sunderland, North East England on November 12, 2014. Car giant Nissan announced a halt in production on March 17, 2020 at its Sunderland factory because of falling demand amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AFP)

Nissan plans to restart output at UK's biggest car factory in June

  • Nissan plans to start phased production in early June at its northern English Sunderland factory, Britain's biggest car plant.
  • Last week, it began piloting safety measures involving around 50 staff at the location.

Nissan will restart phased production in early June at its northern English Sunderland factory, Britain's biggest car plant, as the sector tries to resume operations amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Output at the site, which made just under 350,000 vehicles last year and builds the Qashqai, Juke and Leaf models, has been suspended since March 17.

"During this period the majority of plant employees will remain furloughed, and we are grateful for the government support that has enabled us to take this action," the company said in a statement.

(Also read: Nissan shakes off coronavirus woes in China sales with rebound in April: Sources)

Last week it began piloting safety measures involving around 50 staff at the location.

BMW's Rolls-Royce car factory looks set to be the first British car factory to resume output with a start date of May 4.

"We are receiving orders from our customers and we are heeding the British government’s call to resume production and support the British economy," said its chief executive Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes.

(Also read: Nissan plans to slash Japan May car output by 78% vs June last year)

Aston Martin , Bentley and Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover are also due to resume some production next month.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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