Car parts manufacturer Calsonic Kansei is poised to open its fourth Wearside facility this week as part of a £4.5m investment programme.
The firm, which supplies heat exchange, air-conditioning, exhaust, interior, and electronic automotive components to various car manufacturers including Nissan, Renault and Jaguar Land Rover, has invested £800,000 in establishing a 100,000sqft warehousing building at Doxford International Technology Park.
The site will be officially opened on Wednesday, January 14, becoming the fourth location for the car parts manufacturer in the city, which now occupies well over half a million square feet across Sunderland.
Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, together with Tsukasa Fuji, chief operations officer of Calsonic Kansei Europe will unveil a plaque at the opening event, where Joanne Munro, the senior manager who has led the project for Calsonic, will carry out ribbon-cutting duties.
James Davies, CEO and chairman of Calsonic Kansei Europe will speak at the event.
Coun Paul Watson said: “Calsonic Kansei is an important company in Sunderland, which has grown significantly in recent years as Nissan and the city’s automotive sector have expanded strongly.
“We work closely with Calsonic to ensure it makes the most of any new opportunities for growth. It’s a fantastic example of the thriving automotive hub based at Sunderland and it’s great news that we’re celebrating the official opening of its warehousing building.”
John Barnett, operations director at Calsonic Kansei Sunderland said: “The opening of our warehousing building is an important move for us.
“It is our fourth site in Sunderland, which is a great vote of confidence in the city, and it means that we are in-sourcing warehousing for the first time.
“We are now carrying out all aspects of Calsonic Kansei activities in the Sunderland area, from manufacturing to distribution, cutting time and improving efficiency.
“We’re delighted with the quality and location of the warehousing building. The City Council’s advice and support has been valuable throughout, and we appreciate its partnership approach. They know our plans and realise how key our company and the wider automotive sector are to the region.”
The Calsonic Kansei building at Doxford Technology Park was previously occupied by 2Touch, which relocated to a building at Doxford International Business Park last year.