Nissan will cut 1,200 manufacturing jobs at a plant in Sunderland, United Kingdom, amid a steep decline in demand for cars, the company announced on Thursday.

The Sunderland plant is responsible for making one in five cars in the U.K. It has a total of 3,800 production workers,

It is essential we take the right action now to ensure we are in a strong and viable position once business conditions return to normal, said Trevor Mann, Nissan's senior vice-president for manufacturing in Europe, according to the Financial Times.