Australian casting plant set to grow
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.