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Aston Martin to make Welsh plant 'home of electrification'

The new Aston Martin St Athan plant. Credit: Aston Martin Artist's Impression

Luxury car maker Aston Martin says its new plant at St Athan will be the ‘home of electrification’.

The company has made the announcement ahead of production starting on the first Battery Electric Vehicle. The Rapide E will be built in the Vale of Glamorgan from next year.

The new plant will produce the brand's electric vehicles. Credit: Aston Martin

Aston Martin also says the Lagonda brand, the world's first zero emission luxury marque, will be manufactured at the new factory.

The news has been welcomed as a vote of confidence in Wales - securing the 750 jobs already promised by the firm. First Minister, Carwyn Jones, said the move is "another huge win for Wales" and "testament to the reputation, dedication and skills of our workforce".

The luxury car company is opening a new factory in St Athan Credit: PA Images

Aston Martin President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, has said the St Athan plant will help develop new technologies.

Aston Martin sees itself as a future leader in the development of zero emission technologies, and I am delighted that St Athan will be our ‘Home of Electrification’ for both the Aston Martin and Lagonda brands.

– Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President

The company says St Athan is a demonstration of Aston Martin’s continued commitment to the UK. More than 150 new workers have already been recruited at the plant.

This announcement comes as a huge boost to those based at Aston Martin’s new state of the art manufacturing facility in St Athan, and I’m delighted that the skills and talents of a Welsh workforce will be delivering the high quality products that this flagship British brand is renowned for across the world.

The UK Government’s mission is to put the country at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles.

The fact that a company with a reputation that spans the continents, is choosing Wales as the centre of excellence for its electrification programme is a ringing endorsement of what our nation has to offer to the automotive sector, and I look forward to seeing the innovation come to life in the months and years ahead.

– Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns