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Closure of Nissan plant in Barcelona leaves 23,000 jobs up in the air

Workers set tyres alight at the factory gate after the news broke.
Workers set tyres alight at the factory gate after the news broke. / REUTERS
  • The Japanese carmaker is reducing its presence in Europe in favour of partners Renault and manufacturing will focus on the UK

The Nissan factory in Barcelona is to close with the loss of 3,000 direct jobs and up to 20,000 indirect jobs in the plant's supply chain. It follows a month of uncertainty that had led to an all-out strike and fresh statements by the government that it was working to secure the jobs.

The plant, which has recently made the Navara and e-NV200 models among others, has been producing below its capacity for some time. The decision was made public as the Japanese manufacturer announced its first annual financial loss in a decade.

Nissan's core production in Europe will now be concentrated at Sunderland, UK, although two much smaller sites in Spain, in Ávila and Cantabria, will continue. The manufacture of new Nissans in Europe will be scaled back in favour of supporting Renault, their strategic partners.