Unipres (UK) was established in 1987, named Nissan Yamato Engineering Limited (NYEL) at the time, a joint venture between Nissan Manufacturing UK and Yamato Kogyo.
The plant produced pressed and assembled steel automotive parts to Nissan Manufacturing UK.
Production operations began in April 1990, with the company employing 150 staff.
The press shop consisted of eight presses ranging from 200 tonne progression presses to 1,200 tonne transfer presses, while assembly ran 130 robot facilities.
Yamato Kogyo and Yamakawa Pressings merged in 1998 to form Unipres Corporation, and 1999 brought the plant’s first phase of expansion.
Five new machines were installed in the press shop, including new 3,000 tonne Transfer machines; with robot assembly facilities rising to 300 and employee numbers increasing to 610.
Unipres (UK) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Unipres (Japan) in 1998, after purchasing NMUK’s remaining shareholding.
Unipres UK expanded domestic operations in 2010, opening its Birmingham assembly plant.
Initially based in Tyseley to supply Honda UK Manufacturing, the operation relocated to a larger site in Aston, increasing production capacity.
The second phase of expansion at Sunderland started in 2011, with a further five machines added, including a new 2,500 tonne transfer, an additional 3,000 tonne transfer and hot stamp technology. Robot assembly facilities increased again to 425.
Now employing over 1,400 staff, and with total investment passing £185m, Unipres UK continues to provide quality products for the automotive industry.
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