Aston Martin opens second UK plant by Drew Johnson
The factory will make the DBX beginng next year.
Aston Martin Lagonda's second UK manufacturing plant, located in St. Athan, Wales, is officially up and running, the British automaker announced on Wednesday.
Although the St. Athan's plant is now producing vehicles, the site isn't yet making cars for the general public. The plant is currently building pre-production versions of Aston Martin's upcoming DBX sport utility vehicle; regular production at the plant will begin early next year.
In addition to building the DBX, the St. Athan plant has also been designated as Aston Martin Lagonda's "Home of Electrification” and the manufacturing home of the Lagonda brand. However, Aston Martin hasn't announced when the first electrified or Lagonda-branded vehicles will begin rolling off the production floor.
"This is an exciting time for Aston Martin Lagonda. Our second luxury manufacturing facility is now producing cars and is ready to go into full production in H1 2020. Our facilities and manufacturing teams, led by VP and Chief Manufacturing Operations Officer Keith Stanton have done an outstanding job in getting the factory ready almost a year before full production starts, on time and on budget."
So far the St. Athan's plant has a staff of about 200. Aston Martin estimates that figure will grow by another 550 once full production is reached.