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Nissan European R&D operation celebrates 30th anniversary

FRANCE, Paris (30 May 2018) – This week Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) - Nissan’s European R&D centre - will celebrate 30 years of engineering excellence.

First founded on 27th May 1988, NTCE evolved from providing technical support to Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) into one of Nissan’s global development centres.

NTCE has been responsible for launching 32 models in Europe in its lifetime, including the Nissan Qashqai, which was designed and tested across its R&D sites in Europe.

NTCE has most recently been integral in bringing the new all-electric Nissan LEAF to market; from implementing the European customer requirements through to launching the European production at Nissan’s UK manufacturing plant (NMUK) earlier this year. Since its launch in autumn last year, orders for the LEAF have exceeded 35,000, making it the fastest-selling electric vehicle in Europe.

Matthew Ewing, Vice President of Vehicle Design & Development, NTCE commented: “During the 30 years of NTCE, we have grown from a small team to over one thousand staff. Progressing from launch support and parts localisation, our Engineers at NTCE now ensure the very specific European requirements are incorporated into all our models. Our engineers are here to deliver innovative products and technologies that excite our customers”.

NTCE’s operations have also geographically expanded, with facilities now in the UK, Spain, Germany, Belgium & Russia.

Always looking to the future, employees of NTCE passionately engage with supporting the next generation of engineers through hosting many technical career promotion events, under the UK’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) framework. Several hundred local school children and those in higher education have taken part, raising their achievement and engagement with STEM subjects and careers.

About Nissan Technical Centre Europe

Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) is one of Nissan’s regional global R&D centres, providing support to R&D’s global headquarters in Atsugi (Japan), alongside other similar facilities in America and China. Founded in 1988, NTCE has contributed to the design and development of products for the European market, and beyond. Headquartered in Cranfield (UK), with further facilities in Barcelona (Spain), St. Petersburg and Moscow (Russia), Bonn (Germany) and Brussels (Belgium). With more than 1000 staff in Europe, the activities extend from technology research, through vehicle digital development and physical validation.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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About Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 640,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision is designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline and this 360-degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe. http://www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com

About Nissan in the UK

  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Infiniti Q30 and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 9 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to over 100 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is over £4.0 billion
  • 507,436 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2016
  • Employment in Nissan’s UK design studio (Paddington, London), technical centre (Cranfield Bedfordshire), manufacturing plant (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) and sales and marketing operations (Maple Cross, Hertfordshire) now totals more than 8,000.
  • A further 28,000 jobs in Nissan’s UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network takes the total British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000

 

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