Spain’s Nissan plants in Catalonia will close with the loss of 3,000 jobs, after the Japanese manufacturer went into the red following the coronavirus crisis.
First published in Gazette Life, July 1st 2020.
The closure had been expected for some time, as Nissan reduces its European market commitments. However, it has still come as a huge blow to Spain and the region of Catalonia.
Nissan stated that it would be refocusing its European operation at its Sunderland plant in the UK, where 6,000 are employed. However, the company’s global director Ashwani Gupta recently said that Nissan would be unable to stand by its commitment to Sunderland if the UK left the European Union without a trade deal that enabled tariff-free EU access