Phase I of Aston Martin’s new manufacturing facility at St Athan in Wales received the green light when Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer met Welsh First Minister, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM to finalise the sale of the St Athan site to the British luxury carmaker.
In February 2016, Aston Martin announced that it had chosen St Athan from 20 potential global locations as its second manufacturing facility as part of a £200m investment in new products and facilities.
A recruitment drive this summer began the search for up to 750 new Aston Martin employees who will work at the new facility, a number of whom have already begun their training, building the new DB11 at its Gaydon Headquarters.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer commented: “The exchanging of this contract, giving us first access to the St Athan facility, is a milestone in our 103-year history. Work now starts in earnest to turn our plans into reality.
“Since taking the decision to build our first SUV in Wales we have been impressed with the commitment and approach from both the MOD and the Welsh government in making this project work. We continue to work with the Welsh government in areas like recruitment to ensure we are able to meet our project timescales.”
With contracts now exchanged, Aston Martin has commenced work on Phase I of the St Athan site, which includes the creation of the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices and the employee restaurant.
Phase II is expected to commence in April 2017 when Aston Martin will gain access to the three Ministry of Defence ‘Super Hangars’ that will house the new manufacturing facility.
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said: “[Aston Martin’s] move is fantastic news for the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas, and will provide a real boost to the local economy, resulting in thousands of high quality jobs both within Aston Martin and the wider supply chain.
Secretary of State for Wales, Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, said: “Aston Martin choosing Wales sends a clear message to leading global companies around the world that Wales is open for business.
“We have created the ideal conditions for economic growth, which helped attract this unique and innovative car manufacturer to South Wales. Today’s announcement reflects the excellent infrastructure, a world class talent pool and businesses that have the confidence to expand in Wales.”