Jan. 25, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced plans to invest up to
$2.0 billion USD
for an all-new manufacturing complex in
, to support the company's Americas growth strategy. The facility, which will complement Nissan's two existing Mexican factories, is scheduled to begin operations in late 2013. During the initial phase of its development, the new complex will support production of up to 175,000 units annually of Nissan's 'B' platform products. Further expansion of the site will be considered in phases as product and capacity needs are formalized.
The new complex in
will allow Nissan's existing and future operations to share critical resources. An all-new supplier park also will be built on the site.
Up to 3,000 direct jobs will be created initially at the new facility, with approximately 9,000 positions to be generated within the supply chain and wider community. With these additional jobs, Nissan's total headcount in
will expand to nearly 13,500.
is a key engine for Nissan's growth in the Americas," said
, chairman and chief executive officer, Nissan Motor Co, Ltd. "Together with our new plant in
, this new manufacturing facility in
is an important pillar in our strategy to ensure that Nissan has the capacity it needs to increase sales volume and market share across the Americas."
Investment in Aguascalientes
$2.0 billion USD
investment will support development of the site in
– Nissan's third in
– and will lay the groundwork for the facility to expand in the future. While other Mexican locations were considered, the
State of Aguascalientes
was chosen for its proximity to Nissan's existing manufacturing plant in the same state, which offers direct access to skilled labor and suppliers.
The addition of an incremental production site in
will prepare Nissan to produce more than one million units annually in
in the midterm. Today, Nissan operates two manufacturing facilities in
– one 85 km south of
that produces small cars and light commercial and pickup truck models, and a second in
that produces small cars for the domestic, U.S. and Latin American markets. In 2011, Nissan set a domestic production record with more than 600,000 vehicles manufactured at its Mexican plants.
"In Aguascalientes, we reciprocate the trust that Nissan has deposited in our State for 30 years with work, dedication and effort," said
Carlos Lozano de la Torre
, Governor of the
State of Aguascalientes, Mexico
. "During this new stage, we are solidifying our friendship, which will translate into success for this great global company and a more international profile for
and better quality of life for the people of
thanks to new employment and wealth. We would like to extend our gratitude to
and the great Nissan family for extending their support, so that Nissan's new manufacturing complex could become a reality here in our home and their home."
The first phase of development for the new
site will include installation of body, trim and chassis and paint manufacturing capability as well as associated parts warehousing and logistics operations. An on-site test track also will be constructed to allow for off-line quality assurance testing of all new-model production.
"No other automaker is investing in
more than Nissan," said
, president and general director, Nissan Mexico. "Nissan's investment in new manufacturing, engineering and technology resources in
validates what thousands of our employees, suppliers and customers already know. Behind our market leadership is an unparalleled commitment to deliver the best vehicles for
and more than 100 international markets."