New Vantec warehouse opens in Sunderland

New Vantec warehouse opens in Sunderland

Visitors from Japan will cut the ribbon to officially open Vantec Europe’s new £23m warehouse at Hillthorn Business Park, Sunderland.

Vantec corporation president Yokinobu Kodama and executive officer of Hitachi Transport System, Fumio Komamura will join Martin Kendall, MD of Vantec Europe and Irene Lucas, chief executive of Sunderland City Council at the opening of the new building.

The £23 million, 436,000sq ft. Warehouse, which will exclusively handle logistics work for Nissan, is the first to open on the new Hillthorn Business Park.

Vantec already employs over 1100 people in the North East of England and is now beginning to recruit the first of 120 jobs which can be realised due to the creation of this building.

Vantec Europe managing director, Martin Kendall, said. “Vantec and Hitachi Transport System have shown their commitment to the growth of the business within Sunderland and have invested almost £50 million into job security and job creation within the past five years.”

Andrew Hodgson, chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Vantec Europe’s continued growth is creating new jobs and a total of around one million sq ft of warehousing in Sunderland.

"The company’s performance underlines the thriving productivity and ambition of the region’s automotive sector, and the continued success of both Vantec Europe and Nissan in highly competitive global markets.”

The Hillthorn warehouse brings Vantec and Hitachi Transport System’s investment in the Sunderland area to almost £50 million since 2012. The company opened another large scale, 417,000sq ft. warehouse on Turbine Business Park to handle work for Nissan three years ago.

Irene Lucas CBE, chief executive of Sunderland City Council, said: “Vantec’s decision to build its new giant warehouse at Hillthorn Business Park and become the first company on the site is a significant statement of confidence in the city.

“It echoes the huge commitment and confidence shown by the Japanese parent company in Sunderland and the city’s ability to deliver growth and jobs.

"The building of this new warehouse, so soon after the previous site at Turbine Business Park, is proof that the company sees a long-term future in Sunderland, which is fantastic both for our local economy and that of the wider North East region.”