Melbourne nod for Nissan HQ and electric car centre

Melbourne: Nissan Australia on Friday announced that with support from the Andrews Labor Government, Mulgrave will be the new home for its national headquarters and an electric vehicle technical training centre, securing more than 450 local jobs.

The investment decision demonstrates industry confidence in Melbourne’s economy and workforce, as well as Nissan’s long-term commitment to automotive parts manufacturing in Victoria.

A key element of the project will be the national technical training centre, which will be used to train dealers, engineers and technicians from Nissan sites around Australia and New Zealand, an official media release said.

The centre will focus on Nissan’s new and emerging electric vehicle range. With electric vehicle parts already being manufactured in Victoria at sister company Nissan Casting Australia, the training centre will extend Nissan Australia’s capabilities in electric vehicle component manufacture and maintenance.

Nissan Australia announced in 2017 that it would undertake a national search for a new location to base its Australian headquarters.

Support from the Labor Government helped to secure the head office as well as the technical training centre for the state, retaining more than 400 jobs attached to its current Dandenong South base and creating 60 new roles.

Nissan’s national head office and training centre will be located at a purpose-built facility in Mulgrave, in Melbourne’s south-east, and is set to open in late-2020.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula said“This move shows that Victoria has the skilled workers that global companies need and leads the nation in advanced manufacturing, automotive design and engineering capability.”

(Media release)