Aston Martin recently announced that a new factory will be opened in St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. The opening of this factory is due to the building of the carmaker’s brand new DBX model.
The opening of this factory – the brand’s second one – promises to create more than 750 high-skilled jobs and comes as a major opportunity for Wales, which competed with 20 other locations around the world, including some in the Middle East and North America, for a chance to become the brand’s most desired choice.
According to Aston Martin’s chief executive, Andrew Palmer, “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 handcrafted manufacturing excellence”, The Guardian wrote in an article published today.
Apart from creating so many high-skilled jobs, the hundreds of millions of pounds investment will also support jobs with suppliers and within local businesses.
The new luxury DBX crossover model was unveiled today in Cardiff and its price was estimated between £150,000 and £200,000.
Work on the factory is scheduled to begin in 2017, with the first electric DBX vehicle to start production in 2020.
“I am delighted to officially welcome Aston Martin to Wales. We have been working closely with the company for almost two years in the face of fierce competition from other potential sites across the world. Our success today is testament to the reputation, dedication and skills of the Welsh workforce, all qualities that are synonymous with such a luxury, hand-crafted brand as Aston Martin”, declared the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, according to an article published today in Wales Online.
The Minister for Economy Edwina Hart also said that “Aston Martin’s decision to invest in its new manufacturing plant at St Athan marks a significant moment in the history of the automotive sector in Wales”, writes Wales Online.