THE value of exports from the North East at a record high after a bumper quarter sales growth driven by Nissan and the chemical industry in the region. The area sold more than £ 12.9bn in the 12 months to the end of June, which is 21% higher than last year and showed faster growth than the national average of 15%. Nissan Sunderland plant Japanese automakers, which celebrated its 25th year today, have seen an increase of £ 1.33bn or 40% to £ 4.61bn in the last 12 months. The return of the health of the motor industry is responsible for a lot of export growth in the region. Nissan and major network suppliers to bounce back with new models such as the Qashqai and Juke popular. And they are expected to continue to grow in the production of electric cars and batteries for cars.