Premium car manufacturer Aston Martin has announced the opening of a new factory in South Wales that will create 750 jobs.
The new car plant will be used to build the DBX crossover concept, which will be put into production in 2020.
The existing Ministry of Defence facility in South Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan was chosen over 20 other global sites for the contract, with the re-purposing of the site’s facilities beginning in 2017.
Aston Martin’s chief executive Andrew Palmer commented: “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 handcrafted manufacturing excellence.”
The DBX concept was first shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and is being produced to widen the variety of cars that the Warwickshire-based company can offer.
In a statement made at Cardiff’s Civic Centre, Palmer announced a further 3,250 jobs were to be created throughout the company as part of the £200 million investment scheme to create this second facility.
Two hundred and fifty of those new positions will be filled at the company’s base in Gaydon, where the next generation of their models will be produced to replace the current line-up.
These include the new DB11 that will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next week and all-electric RapidE, which will begin production in 2018.
Author: Jack Healy
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
February 24, 2016