Aston Martin’s St Athan manufacturing facility to be ‘Home of Electrification’

Alongside its new DBX Crossover, the St Athan facility will also manufacture future Lagonda models, too

Aston Martin has laid out plans for its St Athan manufacturing facility in south Wales, including the intention to make it the centre of the brand’s expansion into electrified models like the incoming Rapide E and Lagonda products further down the line.

The factory is part of a £50million expansion for the brand and will kick off the marque’s production of electric models with the Rapide E in 2019; the DBX will follow later in the year. The next stage of Aston Martin’s future plans is the re-introduction of the Lagonda brand, which will also be based out of the Welsh facility.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

> Read our review of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The site for the new manufacturing plant was once used as a military hangar, but the Ministry of Defence has sold it directly to Aston Martin. Work began on the buildings in 2016 when the luxury manufacturer started building its reception areas, offices and employee restaurant. Priorities, Aston.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The new manufacturing plant has attracted a significant amount of political attention, and the ministers in charge of Wales encouraged Aston Martin to set up in St Athan because it will be a huge boost to the local economy and create a skilled work force in the area. Alun Cairns explained, ‘The St Athan site is springing back to life as a significant centre of employment, bringing with it valuable skills and a lasting legacy for the entire region.’

Carwyn Jones added, ‘Aston Martin is a major success story for Wales and I look forward to further building on our working partnership to bring maximum benefits for the economy and the reputation of Wales worldwide.’

40 Welsh workers are already being employed by Aston Martin in preparation for the opening of the new site in 2019 with a total of 750 people will be employed when production starts. Aston Martin also expects the new plant to create 1000 new jobs by 2020 while also generating a further 3000 in its supply chain and throughout the local businesses that support the factory.

Now that Aston Martin has officially taken over the site it can start to prepare the three huge hangers for their conversion into a ‘state-of-the-art’ manufacturing facility. As well as two building and assembly areas there will be a storage section, a paint shop, trim studio and an area for completed cars to be kept.

> Read more about the Aston Martin DBX Concept

The St Athan site will produce the marque’s first ever SUV, the DBX. We’re yet to see what the final production car will look like. However a sketch released by Aston Martin suggests that it will look similar to the DBX concept shown at the 2015 Geneva motor show.

Advertisement - Article continues below


Aston Martin

Aston Martin V12 Speedster unveiled to rival Ferrari Monza SP2

4 Mar 2020
Aston Martin

2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster revealed

12 Feb 2020
Aston Martin

F1 team owner buys stakes in Aston Martin

31 Jan 2020
Aston Martin

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde celebrates aviation milestones

26 Nov 2019

Most Popular

used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
27 Mar 2020
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S coupe UK review

The more stylish version of eCoty 2019’s bronze medallist is as impressive on UK roads as it was overseas
28 Mar 2020
Porsche 911 Turbo

New Porsche 911 Turbo gains Lightweight and Sport packages 

The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo hasn’t been with us for long, but a raft of packages and optional extras are already in the pipeline
26 Mar 2020
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019