Nissan to shut plant for three days

A shortage of car parts from Japan has forced Nissan to declare a three-day halt in production at its factory in Sunderland.

Nissan is the latest carmaker to be hit by the component supply squeeze that has followed last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Sunderland plant will remain closed for three days from April 26-28, in addition to Nissan's scheduled closure for Easter.

With the extra bank holiday on the day of the royal wedding on April 29, it means once production ceases at the end of shifts on April 21, it will resume only on May 3.

Nissan expects the disruption to be temporary and hopes work at the factory, which employs 5,000 people, to return to normal once the supply is restored.

It said in a statement: "Demand for all Sunderland-produced models remains high, and once the normal delivery of components has been re-established, the plant will work to recover any lost volume as quickly as possible."

The company said it will attempt to minimise any impact on its employees by bringing forward non-production days already planned for later in the year.

Earlier, Honda announced cut down production by half at its Swindon plant until the end of May because of problems with component supply.

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