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Aston Martin workers celebrate 100 years of the luxury car maker

Silver Aston Martin DB9 Credit: ITV Central

Workers at Aston Martin's headquarters in Warwickshire have spoken of their pride as the company celebrates its centenary. A plaque is being unveiled in London this afternoon to mark where the firm started out.

It is at Gaydon where the firm has settled for the last ten years, and where its cars are made.

The Aston Martin plant in Gaydon, Warwickshire Credit: ITV Central

Bal Choda, who is a Project Engineer at Gaydon said:

"It is a wonderful day for the company. There is a lot of excitement among employees as a hundred years obviously doesn't come very often. It's fantastic to be part of the business at this exciting time."

Alan Vincent who works in the plant's paint shop said: "Everyone is buzzing. What a landmark."

Aston Martin chairman 'delighted' at new investment

The car firm's chairman, David Richards, said:

"I am delighted that Investindustrial has decided to become a major investor in Aston Martin. With the support of the Investment Dar, we have made substantial progress over the past five years in laying the foundations for success as one of the world's leading luxury sports car manufacturers."

– David Richards, chairman

Andrea C Bonomi, senior principal at Investindustrial, said:

"We are delighted to form part of this iconic global, but quintessentially British, brand."

Aston Martin said it planned to invest half a billion pounds in new products and technology over the next five years.

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£150 million investment in Aston Martin

Warwickshire-based car maker Aston Martin has announced that a new shareholder is going to invest £150 million in the firm, taking a stake of 37.5%.

European investment group Investindustrial will become a major shareholder in the business, based in Gaydon.

Aston Martin said it was also receiving support from Kuwaiti group Investment Dar.

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