New Aston Martin plant now producing cars14 June 2019

Luxury British carmaker Aston Martin Lagonda has started to produce cars at its second UK manufacturing plant, as the latest pre-production models of the first SUV, the Aston Martin DBX, are built.

The 90-acre, former Ministry of Defence site at St Athan in Wales was announced as the second UK plant for Aston Martin Lagonda in early 2016.

Since then the whole site, including three ‘Super Hangars’, has been transformed into a modern manufacturing facility. Phase one construction, which involved the creation of the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices and the employee restaurant, was completed in February 2018.

The end of phase two, in July 2018, marked the completion of the building work at the facility, while it was announced in November 2018 that the paint shop had been fully installed and construction of the production line was underway.

The opening of St Athan has so far created 200 jobs and is expected to create up to 550 more. Also, as a direct result of this investment a further 3,000 jobs will likely be created across the supply chain and local businesses.

Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive officer Andy Palmer says: “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 factory ready almost a year before full production starts, on time and on budget.”

The DBX will be unveiled at the end of 2019.

Adam Offord

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