Furthermore, the new additions to the firm have safeguarded 157 jobs at the site, bringing the total workforce to 1,162.
The new £13m presses work around the clock to produce steel parts mainly for use by Nissan, who are located close to the factory on Cherry Blossom Way.
Japanese-owned Unipres is now expanding production to supply Honda in Swindon with components for its new Civic Global model, which will be sold in Europe and the US.
The new equipment completed a £83m capital investment programme in the Sunderland plant by the Unipres Corporation, who have invested £180m in the plant since 1987.
Unipres managing director, Gary Graham, said: “This level of investment is a statement of belief and confidence in the long term future of Unipres UK in supporting existing volumes and the on-going success of our major customers such as Nissan, Renault and Honda, whilst expanding our developing overseas markets in Europe and Russia which now equates to 25% of our business.”
Cllr Paul Watson added his congratulations: “Through the success of companies like Unipres, Sunderland is well and truly on the international automotive map as a great place to do business.
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