In Feb 2018 we told our readers that chances are that Ghandhara Nissan will resume car production in Pakistan. Now the news is confirmed. The government has granted Ghandhara Nissan with ‘Brownfield Investment Status’. So the company can resume its present assembly and start producing Datsun passenger car.
Ministry of Industries and Production has granted permission to Ghandhara Nissan for resuming car production in Pakistan, as confirmed by a company notice.
Brownfield investment means that Ghandhara Nissan will import auto part at an affordable customs duty for a timeframe of three years. Those parts not available in Pakistan will be imported at 10% customs duty, and those produced in Pakistan will be given at 25% duty. Furthermore, for three years Nissan will be allowed to import all parts local and non-local at the given custom duty, to manufacture vehicles like trucks, buses etc.
In 1981 Ghandhara Nissan launched in Pakistan as a private limited company and in 1992 it was made into a public limited company. In the year 1996 it began producing vehicles but after 14 years it stopped producing them and since 2010 its plant has become inactive.
In October 2017, Ghandhara Nissan delegation led by CEO Ahmed Kuli Khan Khattak had a meeting with BOI and discussed the chance of the revival of assembly plant of the company. In order to obtain the Brownfield status the company was ready to invest Rs4.5 billion in initial four years and thus create 1,810 new jobs in the country. Now it is confirmed that the company is being granted the Brownfield Investment status.
Ghandhara Nissan will purchase the auto parts from Nissan Motor Co Nissan is Japan. Also, any kind of technical support and assistance will be taken from them. Currently, Nissan manufactures vehicles in 20 nations around the world.