Phase one of Aston Martin's Wales factory complete

Phase one of Aston Martin's Wales factory complete

Work on the site in the Vale of Glamorgan began at the end of 2016 when the British car brand was given access to the former Ministry of Defence site.

The phase one part of the redevelopment covers the ‘front of house’ of the site, with the factories hangars sitting behind.

This first building has seen the completion of the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices, and the employee restaurant.

The second phase, which began in April 2017, is well underway and will see the three super hangars redeveloped into a manufacturing facility and production line, with Aston Martin’s SUV to roll off the line next year.

Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Palmer said: “The St Athan facility is really starting to take shape.

“With the completion of this first phase, it is another milestone on our journey in Wales and an important part of Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan.

“Work is also well underway on phase II, the rest of the Aston Martin team and I are excited for when St Athan joins our Gaydon and Newport Pagnell facilities as a centre of hand-crafted manufacturing excellence.”

Once production is fully up to speed, the facility will be able to produce more than 7,000 vehicles a year.

This is expected to occur by 2021 when the fully functioning 400,000 sq ft facility will employ 750 members of staff.

At the moment only 100 have been recruited, with 50 of them currently training and working in Gaydon.

Aston Martin estimates the facility will help create 2,000 jobs in the region through the wider supply chain to the facility.

Customers who buy a DBX made in the St Athan facility will be able to get a birth certificate of their car, along with a £450 book showing its build.

The 107-page books, which are homed in a clamshell presentation box, have a section on the history of Aston Martin, the specific model of the car, and pictures of the customer's vehicle during each stage of production.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “It is great to hear that work on phase one of Aston Martin’s facility in St Athan is now complete and that phase II is progressing well.

“Like many people in Wales, I am genuinely excited about Aston Martin beginning production here in Wales next year and the high number of quality direct and indirect jobs that it will bring with it.

“Aston Martin’s decision to move to St Athan is a huge coup for Wales and it is a genuine testament to the can-do attitude of Welsh Government, and to the reputation, dedication and skills of our workforce.”

Published: 15 February 2018

Article by Chris Middleton
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