Aus­tralian cast­ing plant set to grow

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De­spite Holden, Ford and Toy­ota pulling up stumps on Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion, Nis­san’s Dan­de­nong­based cast­ing plant parts man­u­fac­tur­ing is ex­pected to grow in the com­ing years thanks to in­creased elec­tri­fied pow­er­train con­struc­tion.

The Nis­san Cast­ing Plant, NCAP, which has been in op­er­a­tion for 35 years, pro­duces some of the alu­minium com­po­nents found in ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing the Qashqai, Navara, X-trail, In­finiti Q50 and Re­nault Koleos.

Cru­cially how­ever, NCAP cre­ates key parts for the Nis­san Leaf elec­tric ve­hi­cle and hy­brid pow­er­trains found in the Ja­pane­se­mar­ket Note and Ser­ena e-power, namely the water jacket, inverter case and sta­tor hous­ing.

NCAP man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Jones said it was the high qual­ity of the parts pro­duced and ex­pan­sion of elec­tri­fied en­gines that would en­sure the fa­cil­ity’s medium-term fu­ture.

“As they ex­pand the model range that e-power is on, we are try­ing to set our­selves up as the mother plant for pro­duc­tion of those spe­cific parts and, to date, we’ve been suc­cess­ful at do­ing that,” he said.

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