The following are comments from British Prime Minister Theresa May & Nissan Chairman & CEO Carlos Ghosn following their meeting at No 10 Downing Street on the 14/10/2016.
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Our automotive industry is a great British success story & Nissan has been at the heart of it. Over the past 30 years they have had an excellent relationship with the UK Government, a track record of investment & innovation and their Sunderland plant is one of the most productive anywhere in the world – a testament both to their company & workforce skill.
We are now at the start of the complex negotiating process as Britain exits the EU & I have been clear that there will be challenges ahead. But I am confident we will achieve the best deal for Britain and the Government will engage closely with employers and investors as part of our work to create a global Britain. This government is committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for the automotive industry to go from strength to strength in the UK, now & into the future. That is why I was pleased to have met with Mr. Ghosn today to discuss our shared belief that Britain remains an outward-looking, world-leading nation in which to do business. We will continue to work with Nissan as we develop the environment for competitiveness of the automotive industry here in the UK to ensure its success.”
Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said:
“Since Mrs. May’s appointment we have maintained a clear dialogue with the UK Government during this challenging time. It was my pleasure to be here today for a positive meeting with the Prime Minister and key members of her Government and I welcome their commitment to the development of an industrial strategy for Britain.
The Nissan factory opened in Sunderland 30 years ago & the British government have been strong supporters of our business ever since. Not just in the North of England, but also at our Design Centre in London, Research & Development Centre in Cranfield & our Sales & Marketing HQ in Rickmansworth.
We have made significant investments at our factory in Sunderland over the years and today it ranks as one of the world’s most successful manufacturing plants. Our 7,000 employees in Sunderland build 2,000 cars a day – 80 per cent of which are exported to more than 130 countries around the world. We want to ensure that this high-performing, high-employment factory remains competitive globally & continues to deliver for our business and for Britain.
Following our productive meeting, I am confident the government will continue to ensure the UK remains a competitive place to do business. I look forward to continued positive collaboration between Nissan and the UK Government.
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 & sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain & Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles & the Nissan LEAF – the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan recently announced its Intelligent Mobility vision. Designed to guide Nissan’s product & technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, driven & integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.