British car maker Aston Martin has announced plans to build a new manufacturing centre in St Athan, Glamorgan. Early estimations say that the opening of the new facility will create 750 high skilled jobs in St Athan where Aston Martin’s new crossover, the DBX, will be built.
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.”
Construction work is planned to start in 2017 at the 90 acre site currently occupied by the Ministry of Defence, with vehicle production scheduled for 2020. There are currently three existing ‘super-hangars’ at MOD St Athan that will be re-purposed to suit the car manufacturer’s needs.
St Athan will be the home of Aston Martin’s first entry into the crossover market, after the company first revealed the new ‘DBX’ model in early 2015. Demand for crossover vehicles is predicted to grow significantly over the next few years within the luxury market, much of this demand expected from China and the United States. Aston Martin anticipates that 90% of the ‘DBX’ models produced at St Athan will be exported overseas.
In addition to the new ‘DBX’ crossover, Aston Martin will begin production of the new DB11 at their Gaydon plant. The new DB11 will replace the iconic DB9 and be the first car to launch under the ‘Second Century plan’ laid out by the company. Over the next five years Aston Martin plan to replace and expand its entire portfolio, starting with the new DB11.