Nissan to manufacture car accessories in Australia

Nissan Australia’s decision to manufacture vehicle accessories in Victoria will provide new opportunities for Australia’s manufacturing industry.

Leading car manufacturer Nissan Australia has announced that it will commence production of a number of its 4WD and passenger vehicle accessories in Australia from 2012.

The car maker will produce around 30,000 tow bars as well as sportbars and nudge bars at its Dandenong casting plant in Victoria made possible through a $4 million upgrade to the plant.

Production of sportbars for the Navara will begin next year and will be followed by production of nudge bars, a lightweight alternative to larger bull bars, in early 2013.

The company will use Australian-sourced aluminum and steel from an Australian suppliers to for the accessories.

The production is estimated to require 20 full-time staff.

The move to bring car accessory production to Australia is part of Nissan’s GT2012 import market plan to better position itself for future growth in the 4WD commercial and leisure segments.

This restructure plan forms a part of the Nissan Power 88 six-year plan to increase global market share and operating profit by 8%, according to TMR.

The Dandenong casting plant also produces components for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle which will go on sale in Australia in mid next year.

Approximately 22,000 electric vehicle components are reportedly produced at the plant each month.

The announcement reinforces the strength and viability of automotive manufacturing in Australia.

Image: Nissan Australia