ASTON Martin has started building the state-of-the-art factory which will eventually turn out its first SUV – the DBX.
The £200million facility will bring a welcome boost to employment in St Athan, Glamorgan, where it is expected that 750 new jobs will be generated.
Under new leadership, Aston is becoming a slicker, more professional company after years of problems.
The DBX – which the firm accept is being aimed at women – is expected to start production in 2019.
It is hoped that at least 3,000 will be made a year, with most exported to markets like the United States and China.
Aston Martin has become famous for making beautiful hand-crafted cars in England
The South Wales plant is being constructed on a disused Ministry of Defence site, which once built and housed RAF aircraft. It was one of many locations considered, which included locations in North America.
Promises of grants from the government helped to persuade the company to stay and build their factory here in the UK. Andy 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 very detailed evaluation of more than 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 the St Athan site joining Gaydon as our second centre of hand-crafted manufacturing excellence.”
The DB11, Aston’s drop-dead gorgeous grand tourer, will still be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon HQ.
Makes you proud to be British, doesn’t it?