Complex Nissan project goes through shop floor

As well as the much-publicised Hitachi Rail Europe contract, we’re currently working on quite a complex project for Japanese car manufacturer Nissan.

In late 2013, we won a contract to construct what will eventually be Nissan’s new factory to manufacture its new Infiniti range.

It’s part of Nissan’s £250m investment at Sunderland, which will see the new Infiniti Q30 being made next year.

Our part of the project is to construct two buildings, involving a total of more than 1,300 tonnes of steel.

The body shop extension is approximately 600 tonnes, and the trim shop extension involves about 730 tonnes, with both being made up of long span girders and trusses.

We’re fabricating 200 intricate steel trusses for the job, with 10 of them going through our shop floor every day, peaking at 16 per day.

“Both extensions have to be fixed back to existing buildings,” said Julie Finley.

“It’s another complex project as we are working in close proximity to a live manufacturing environment but it’s another challenge our team is relishing and enjoying.

“We’re getting through on average 50 of these trusses every week, while working on a number of other jobs simultaneously, which is further evidence of our growing capabilities and increasing capacity.”

Nissan’s new facilities will cover 25,000 square metres, and will include space for the Q30’s body and platform to be assembled, plus an area for trim and chassis, which will include a new engine installation facility.

The factory extension is due to be completed in time for the Q30 launch in 2015, with Infiniti claiming that the expansion and investment will create 1,000 jobs, including 280 new jobs at the Sunderland factory, plus more with its UK supplier base.

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