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The Automotive manufacturing company, Calsonic Kansei, will be creating more than 140 new jobs at its north-east plant, in Sunderland, which will be open to permanent staff, as well as those freelancing and contracting through umbrella companies.

Those specialising in the industry will be pleased to hear that the Japanese company, which is a supplier to Nissan, will be investing up to £15.3 million at its site based in Sunderland, as they expand on a range of its products.

Prime Minister David Cameron said of the announcement, “This new multi-million investment from Calsonic Kansei into their Sunderland plant is great news for the local economy, creating 145 new jobs in Sunderland and reflecting the city’s expertise in the automotive sector.

“It’s a vote of confidence in British manufacturing and in the skills, flexibility and commitment of the local workforce.”

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson commented, “The investment in Calsonic Kansei is yet more good news for motor manufacturing in Sunderland, and a further endorsement of the quality of local workmanship by multinational companies.”

Umbrella company contractors in the Sunderland area might be interested to hear that the company plans to expand its capacity to make heating and ventilator components, as well as dashboards, vehicle metres and printed circuit boards – according to a spokesman for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

The latest project will come as great news for those contracting in the industry, particularly as this is not the only project to have promised more job opportunities for the motor industry in this area, as Councillor Paul Watson, the leader of Sunderland City Council, explains:

“We worked very closely with Calsonic Kansei to work up these proposals and we’re delighted to see this go ahead, creating a further 145 news jobs in Sunderland and the £15m investment that goes with it.

“It’s yet more good news on the jobs front for Sunderland after the recent announcements by Nissan, Vantec and SNOP.”

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