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James Bond car maker Aston Martin to open Welsh factory

The luxury new DBX model will be built in Wales. Credit: PA Wire

James Bond car maker Aston Martin is to open a new factory in South Wales, creating more than 750 jobs.

The luxury marque will build its new DBX model at a plant in St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan from 2020 following a worldwide search for a new manufacturing facility.

The plant will be Aston Martin's second factory and will create an estimated 1,000 jobs in the wider supply chain and local businesses.

The firm is famous for the sporty models associated with 007, and Daniel Craig drove an Aston DB10 in the latest Bond movie Spectre.

Watch: First Minister Carwyn Jones and Aston Martin's chief executive Andrew Palmer unveil the car in Cardiff today.

During our 103-year history, Aston Martin has become famous for making beautiful hand-crafted cars in England.

Through a detailed evaluation of over 20 potential global locations for this new manufacturing facility, we were consistently impressed with the focus on quality, cost and speed from the Welsh Government team.

As a great British company, we look forward to St Athan joining Gaydon as our second centre of hand-crafted manufacturing excellence.

– Aston Martin's chief executive Andrew Palmer

Watch: Carole Green reports from the unveiling in Cardiff

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Wales' Economy Minister Edwina Hart said the plant making the DBX would mean cars rolling off a production line in Wales for the first time in almost 50 years.

We already have more than 150 companies involved in the automotive supply chain, employing around 18,000 people and generating over £3 billion to the Welsh economy, but this will be the first time in almost 50 years that we will be seeing vehicles roll off a production line in Wales.

– Edwina Hart, Economy Minister

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