St Athan Factory - Phase 1 complete
In February 2016, Aston Martin announced that it had chosen St Athan in Wales as its third manufacturing facility after its Gaydon Headquarters, the home of its sports cars and production of the track-only DB4 GT Continuation returning to historic Newport Pagnell.
After 18 months Phase I of development on the site is now complete. Work started in late 2016 when Aston Martin was first given access to the former MOD site, with the creation of the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices and the employee restaurant.
Phase II commenced in April 2017, with the redevelopment of three super hangars into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with Aston Martin’s SUV, DBX, due to start production in 2019.
The new plant brings employment opportunities to South Wales with up to 750 new roles being created; a series of recruitment events held in the region have attracted more than 3,000 applications. The first technicians have already been recruited and are working on the DB11 at the marques Gaydon Headquarters; training for the highly-skilled roles they will take up at St Athan.
Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Palmer commented: “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.”