The Journal Opinion: Nissan proves a real economic driving force

The Journal's opinion column for Wednesday, November 5, in which we welcome the Culture Action Europe conference to the North East

Sunderland’s Nissan car plant was yesterday hailed as the key driver in attempts to return the UK’s car industry to its 1970s heyday.

No one needs to tell us in this region, of course, about the success story that has seen millions of new cars roll off the production line on Wearside, but it is nevertheless still comforting to see the company’s achievements lauded in a report commisioned by the MAKE It Sunderland initiative.

Nissan has provided the North East with vital jobs throughout the darkest economic period in decades – not only within the company, but also among the many local parts and services suppliers to the Japanese firm’s operation here.

What we would hope now is that the message issued by Prof Garel Rhys’ report is heard loud and clear outside the region and it inspires other companies to take a chance on our ability to deliver world-class results.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer