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Aston Martin to open Silverstone test centre

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British premium sports car manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda has announced that it will be opening a new test and development centre at Silverstone, which will become a hub for prototype vehicle testing, focused on chassis dynamics and high-speed handling.

The news will come as good news to the UK’s automotive job market, with Aston Martin set to employ as many as 5,000 people by the end of 2022.
Aston Martin's new test and development centre at Silverstone will become a hub for prototype vehicle testing, focused on chassis dynamics and high-speed handling.
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Aston Martin has, over recent years, made a significant investment in retooling every area of its business, opening new facilities across the UK. In 2016, the company announced the creation of a second manufacturing facility located at St Athan in Wales, which is on schedule to start production of a new SUV in late 2019.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, said:

“The company is now investing for growth across the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands. I am particularly pleased that we can now call Silverstone home for dynamic testing and development.”

Palmer also made reference to the positive implications for the UK Automotive job market saying:

“Aston Martin will soon become one of the leading automotive employers in the UK. Specifically, we are currently one of the largest automotive recruiters in the UK, investing approximately 10% of the total automotive investments in the UK, creating exciting new opportunities across engineering, design, manufacturing and commercial operations.”

Naturally, Silverstone has warmly welcomed Aston Martin’s decision to build their test centre at the famous circuit. Stuart Pringle, Managing Director of Silverstone commented:

“Automotive brand centres have always been a big part of Silverstone’s diversification plans and I am delighted to be in a position to announce that Aston Martin have chosen Silverstone as the location to open their new testing and development centre. Our two brands have such a rich British motorsport heritage and I look forward to working closely with the team at Aston Martin to build on our relationship and ensure the partnership helps deliver on key business objectives for both parties.”

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