Nissan has announced that by 2020 its Australian headquarters will be located in Mulgrave, Victoria – bringing about 460 jobs to the area.
The announcement, made in June, confirms that 400 jobs involved in manufacturing the Japanese company’s electric vehicle fleet will move to Mulgrave and 60 roles will be added.
Parts for Nissan’s electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, are already being produced at Nissan Casting Australia, in Dandenong South, and the most recent announcement reconfirms Nissan’s commitment to manufacturing electric vehicles in Australia.
The new roles will be in the field of technical training for dealers, engineers and technicians who will then be based across Australia and New Zealand.
The new headquarters will be located at a purpose-built site in Mulgrave, south-east Melbourne.
In producing the $49 990 Leaf, Nissan relies upon aluminium castings produced in Victoria. The Leaf is currently the world’s most popular electric car, despite low sales in Australia, and by having a greater on-the-ground focus of trained staff to promote the model Nissan hopes to increase local sales.
Drawing on residual car manufacturing expertise in Victoria, Nissan’s announcement will boost hopes for a resurgence in Australia’s vehicle production talents, particularly in the field of electric vehicles.
Nissan Australia managing director, Stephen Lester, said as national base for many automotive manufacturers, Victoria has a strong automotive fabric and a talented workforce that is perfectly suited to the demands of the industry.
Victorian premier and member for Mulgrave, Daniel Andrews, concurred – highlighting the area’s connection to the manufacturing industry.
“This is another vote of confidence for doing business in Victoria and even better news for Mulgrave and Dandenong South which has a long and proud history of being a home for manufacturing,” said Andrews.