Work is continuing on Aston Martin Lagonda’s new production facility in St Athan, Wales. With the OEM gearing up for the launch of its first SUV (the DBX, scheduled for the last quarter of 2019), the car maker is aiming to have the site fully commissioned by Q1 2019.
The site, which started life as a series of Ministry of Defense Super Hangars, is being transformed into a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. St Athan will be the British company’s second production facility and will ultimately become Aston Martin’s ‘Home of Electrification’ when the marque’s planned BEV models enter production.
Already home to some 100 employees, St Athan is nearing completion with the paint shop fully installed and construction of the production line well underway. Once fully commissioned, when production of the first prototype models will commence, the workforce will be boosted to nearer 200.
More than 70 Welsh employees are set to join the St Athan team having spent the last two-and-a-half years at Aston Martin Lagonda’s Gaydon Headquarters. This core group of experts will train new employees at the facility.
“As the St Athan facility nears completion, there is a very real sense this is the start of a bold new era for Aston Martin Lagonda,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and Group chief executive officer.
“A second production facility is a critical step in delivering our Second Century Plan. The St Athan facility will initially commence with the production of our first SUV but will ultimately be a global center of excellence for the production of luxury high performance EVs, including Lagonda.”