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Aston Martin begins production at new St Athan plant



Aston Martin’s second UK manufacturing plant has this week begun to produce its first cars. The first pre-production models of Aston Martin’s new SUV, the DBX, rolled off the production line at St Athan, injecting a shot of optimism into the UK automotive job market.
Aston Martin begins production at new St Athan plant
(Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

Already, the new St Athan plant has created 200 jobs and is expected to create up to 550 more. As a direct result of Aston Martin’s investment in the facility, a further 3,000 jobs are expected to be created across the supply chain and local businesses.

The 90-acre, former Ministry of Defence site was announced as the second plant for Aston Martin Lagonda in early 2016 and since then the whole site, including three ‘Super Hangars’, has been transformed into a modern manufacturing facility.

The St Athan plant will function as the sole production facility for the Aston Martin DBX, the brand’s first SUV, which has been created for this fast-growing segment of the luxury market. In late 2018 the plant was also named as Aston Martin Lagonda’s ‘Home of Electrification’ and the manufacturing home of the Lagonda brand.

Commenting on the commencement of production at the new plant, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer, said:

“This is an exciting time for Aston Martin Lagonda. Our second luxury manufacturing facility is now producing cars and is ready to go into full production in H1 2020. Our facilities and manufacturing teams, led by VP and Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer Keith Stanton have done an outstanding job in getting the factor ready almost a year before full production starts, on time and on budget.”
Aston's new St Athan plant is expected to create thousands of new jobs across Wales and beyond.
(Aston’s new St Athan plant is expected to create thousands of new jobs across Wales and beyond. Image via Aston Martin Lagonda).

Aston Martin is pinning great hopes on the success of the DBX, as evidenced by this new plant.

Real world testing of the DBX, which began appropriately in the Welsh countryside last year, continues apace. The luxury SUV will be equally at home in an urban environment as it is off-road in less welcoming terrain. Over the last few months the DBX has been put through its paces in all environments from the Artic Circle to the unique challenges of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The final production version of the Aston Martin DBX will be unveiled at the end of 2019.

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