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Washington - Tyne and Wear - Faurecia has indicated that it is expanding its manufacturing plant in Washington, Wearside with the creation of about 60 new jobs.

The company which makes seats, cockpits, door panels, acoustics and soft trims for Sunderland-based Nissan is the world’s sixth largest automotive equipment supplier and has recently reported consolidated sales of Euro 4,116.9 million for the third quarter of 2013 up some 5.2% on 2012 data.

Nissan has recently started production of its new Note car in Sunderland following a £125million investment in its Wearside UK base in a move that created some 400 jobs. Earlier this month, the Japanese car maker revealed its North-East factory was on target to set new production levels and recruit hundreds of workers.

It has also started work on expanding its record-breaking plant, which will enable it to make the luxurious Infiniti Q30 hatchback from 2015.

Infiniti will become the first new car brand to be manufactured in the UK on this scale for 23 years, and the move will create 280 jobs and about 750 supply chain posts.

Faurecia is now present in 34 countries around the world, with more than 320 production sites and R&D centers. Through these operational facilities, on the doorstep of the world’s main automotive markets, the Group has established a position as the preferred partner of a wide array of automakers with an increasingly global outlook in their business operations.


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