By Daniel Hunter

News that Nissan UK will produce the new INVITATION compact car at its Sunderland plant has been greeted with delight by the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC).

"I would like to congratulate Nissan Motors UK and its dedicated workforce on yet another major coup for the Wearside plant," NECC Director of Membership and Policy, Andrew Sugden, said.

"Nissan is one of the North East's blue chip companies. For a quarter of a century it has established a reputation for excellence and continuous improvement, regularly smashing its own production records.

"The unparalleled level of performance from the Wearside workforce can only have served to convince Nissan's senior management that Sunderland is the perfect place to oversee production of this new vehicle.

"The importance of Nissan to the regional economy cannot be underestimated. For every person employed by the company another four are supported in Nissan's supply chain and with employment at the plant reaching a record high this is another welcome achievement.

"With the Sunderland Plant set to launch Nissan's first lithium-ion battery production facility outside Japan and preparations well underway for the start of Nissan LEAF production in 2013, the year ahead looks incredibly exciting for the company."

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