Nissan dismisses reports that it could close its UK battery manufacturing

A spokesperson from the Renault-Nissan alliance said Nissan had no plans to impair its battery investments, following rumours earlier this month

The Nissan plant in Sunderland
The Nissan plant in Sunderland

Nissan has put to bed rumours that it is preparing to shut down its global battery manufacturing operations, including those in Sunderland.

Reports had suggested the Japanese car maker was considering a winding down of its battery manufacturing due alleged difficulties in making the products’ price and performance competitive.

Anonymous sources suggested Nissan might follow its alliance partner Renault in sourcing batteries from South Korea’s LG Chem.

But Renault-Nissan alliance spokesperson Rachel Konrad told The Journal: “The Renault-Nissan Alliance remains 100% committed to its industry-leading EV program.

“This global commitment continues for the foreseeable future, and we have not taken any decision to modify battery sourcing allocation.

“Nissan has no plans to impair its battery investments. Beyond that, I will not comment on speculation or anonymous sources, and as a matter of policy the Alliance does not confirm or deny procurement reviews.”

In 2008 Nissan and manufacturing partner NEC Corp invested 23 billion yen (£132.23m) in their Zama, Japan battery plant and electrode manufacturing, backed by Government aid.

In 2009 Nissan announced a £200m investment in its Sunderland plant to accommodate battery production, which brought hundreds of jobs.

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