Aston Martin has announced plans to establish a second manufacturing location where at first the DBX crossover will be produced.
Initially, there were no less than 19 possible locations selected by Aston Martin for its brand new factory, but ultimately the list was reduced to four sites. Two were British, one was in Alabama, and the other one was in the Middle East. Now, AM has revealed the assembly plant is going to be established in St Athan, Wales where the company plans to make a major investment of $280M (£200M.)
Aston Martin specifies that its next generation of sports cars will continue to be produced in Gaydon and one of the new models to enter manufacturing is the recently confirmed pure electric RapidE due in 2018. Until then, the upcoming DB11 due to be revealed in Geneva is set to enter production phase this fall.
Up to 1,000 jobs will be created until the end of the decade in St Athan and Gaydon, along with a further 3,000 jobs in the supply chain and local businesses related to the new products Aston Martin is preparing. Over the course of the next five years, Aston Martin will replace and expand its entire lineup of performance cars.
The facility in St Athan will occupy around 90 acres and construction work is planned to start next year. It will be ready by 2020 when the DBX crossover will effectively go into production. Later the next decade, Aston Martin will also start assembly of Lagonda-badged models.
Source: Aston Martin