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French supplier brings 130 new jobs to Sunderland

Nissan Qashqai on production line
Image caption The company supplies body parts for Nissan's Leaf, Qashqai and Note models

A French automotive supplier has chosen Sunderland for a new manufacturing base, bringing 130 new jobs to the city.

Financière SNOP Dunois (FSD) Group, will convert the former TRW Valves facility in Washington into a new base for body parts production.

Sunderland City Council's chief executive, Dave Smith, said it was "great news" for the city.

The 130 jobs will be filled within SNOP UK's first two years at Washington.

SNOP's Yannick Jiquel said the company chose Sunderland because of its "many experienced, skilled people" who were "critical" for their "high quality future workforce."

Financière SNOP Dunois has 26 manufacturing plants across Europe, China, Turkey, and Morocco and supplies body parts for Nissan's Leaf, Qashqai and Note models.

Mr Smith said: "It's great news that a leading automotive component company has chosen to locate its first UK manufacturing facility in Sunderland.

"It strengthens our reputation as an automotive hub for the UK and will bring 130 new jobs to the city."

The company already has more than 30 employees working in the Nissan Sunderland plant, who will be relocated to the new premises when it opens in the autumn.

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