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This is due to existing scrappage initiatives operating on the continent, as well as the forthcoming UK scheme beginning later this month.
Last month saw Nissan experiencing a year-on-year increase in sales in major European markets currently operating a scrappage scheme. This includes Germany (+nine per cent), France (+31 per cent) and Italy (+21 per cent).
In anticipation of this temporary increase in demand continuing, the plant will recruit 150 manufacturing staff on fixed-term contracts from June.
The Temporary Manufacturing Staff, who will receive four-month contracts, will operate over both of the plant’s two production lines to support a planned volume increase of around 14,000 units in total.
Trevor Mann, Nissan senior vice president for manufacturing in Europe, said: “The impact of the financial crisis is continuing and our 2009 full-year forecasts still reflect a depressed market overall.
“However, this short term spike in demand, fuelled by a number of scrappage schemes introduced across Europe, is clearly a very welcome boost to business during what is a highly challenging period for all car makers.”
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