Aston Martin has confirmed that its upcoming SUV crossover model will be built in a new Welsh factory
After a lengthy decision process, Aston Martin has today confirmed that its upcoming DBX crossover SUV model will be built in Wales, at a new site in St Athan, Glamorgan. This will be the company’s second manufacturing site in the UK, and represents a £200m investment in new products and facilities for the company.
Work on the site will begin next year, and Aston Martin claims that up to 1000 new jobs will be created at the 90-acre site by 2020, when the new car goes is scheduled to go into production. Aston also states that there will be a further 3000 jobs further down the supply chain as a result.
The new facility will be based at an old Ministry of Defense site, and some of the huge hangars on the site will be re-purposed for vehicle production. Aston Martin initially had many offers on the table for locations, including the Mainland Europe, the Middle east, America as well as a couple of other locations in the UK.
The news has also brought with it confirmation that the company’s next generation of sportscars will continue to be produced at the company’s base of operation in Gaydon. This includes production of the new all-electric RapidE, which is set to start in 2018 at Gaydon alongside the soon-to-be revealed DB11.
Dr. Andrew Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin said: ‘During our 103-year history, Aston Martin has become famous for making beautiful hand-crafted cars in England. Through a detailed evaluation of over 20 potential global locations for this new manufacturing facility, we were consistently impressed with the focus on quality, cost and speed from the Welsh Government team. As a great British company, we look forward to St Athan joining Gaydon as our second centre of hand-crafted manufacturing excellence.’