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Nissan Opens Brazil Complex in Resende

April 15 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Nissan officially opened its $1.5 billion industrial complex in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, one of the largest automotive investments by any manufacturer in the country.

This plant is part of efforts to achieve 5% market share and become the No. 1 Japanese automotive brand in Brazil.

Nissan's new plant in Resende

The new Nissan facility already employs about 1,500 people and is expected to grow to around 2,000, while the complex is estimated to have capacity to make 200,000 vehicles and 200,000 engines annually.

The Nissan Resende complex will produce “Platform V” vehicles and engines starting with the Nissan March and the 1.6 16V flexfuel engine.

Resende employees have undergone special training and more than 300 have trained outside Brazil for three months at Nissan plants in Japan, Mexico, the United States and England.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn joined national and local officials at the event.

Nissan is targeting 5% in Brazil

“The Nissan Industrial Complex of Resende is fundamental to achieving our growth objectives in Brazil, which is the fourth largest automotive market in the world and a key part for our development in Latin America.”

“Our goal is to achieve 5% market share and to lead Japanese automakers in quality and customer service in Brazil by 2016,” said Ghosn.

Jose Luis Valls, Chairman of Nissan Latin America, added: “Nissan’s expansion of our manufacturing capacity throughout the Americas over the last two years, with new plants opened in the US, Mexico and now in Brazil, underscores the untapped opportunities that we foresee throughout the hemisphere and, specifically, in Brazil.”

Nissan's Resende Plant

Nissan began operations in Brazil in 2000, and the opening of the Resende facility consolidates its presence launching a new phase for growth in the country.

The Resende plant is designed to be sustainable and environmentally-friendly, reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Outside the complex, a 12-acre green “belt” has been planted to reduce emissions and noise, part of efforts leading to creating an environmental preserve aimed at preserving biodiversity in Resende.

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