UK-based logistics and transport provider, Vantec Europe, has won a two-year contract in Russia to provide Nissan’s car plant in St Petersburg with warehousing and transport services from June 2013. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

Vantec Europe will be working in partnership with Russian transport provider Major Auto Trans for the provision of services. The vehicle carrier already moves Nissan vehicles from both the plant and the port of St Petersburg to various regions in Central Russia.

Martin Kendell, managing director of Vantec Europe (pictured left), will be leading the new contract, which promises 80 new jobs in St Petersburg as well as a boost for engineering  jobs for the company’s Sunderland operation in the UK.

Vantec is already carrying out project work ahead of the contracts official start.

“This is a very significant milestone for Vantec Europe as we continue to grow our business not only here in the UK but also within Europe,” said Kendell. “It is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our workforce that we are now considered for this significant new business.”

The Russian contract follows Nissan’s announcement that it plans to double its manufacturing capacity in Russia to 100,000 vehicles by 2014. It also follows on from the announcement that Vantec is creating more than 80 new jobs following new contracts from Nissan and one of its local suppliers in the UK. The new positions are in addition to 230 created as part of a £22.5m ($36m) investment the company is making in a new 45,000-square metre warehouse at the Turbine Business Park in Sunderland next to Nissan’s Sunderland plant. It is the largest investment made by Vantec in its 20-year history in the region.

(pictured left to right) Managing director of Vantec Europe, Martin Kendall, president of Vantec corporation Akira Koyama, Sunderland City Council leader, Clllr Paul Watson and chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Paul Woolston