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Aston Martin invests in new manufacturing facilities

Work is under way on a US$33.4m extension to Aston Martin’s manufacturing facilities in Gaydon, Warwickshire, as the British manufacturer gears up for its next generation of new sports cars.
Alongside the building work, Aston Martin is also embarking on a recruitment drive with around 250 new jobs in engineering, manufacturing and commercial functions being created over the course of the next few months.

The Gaydon development includes the creation of a new chassis and pilot build facility, new offices, and an extension of the parts and logistics storage area. The new facilities will cover an extra 10,000m2, with the major development work due to be completed in 2015.
Aston Martin chief financial officer, Hanno Kirner said: “The investment in our Gaydon HQ forms part of our long-term strategy which is focused around being the number one British luxury sports car brand.

“We have confirmed that the coming years will see Aston Martin implementing the biggest investment program in the 101-year history of the brand, with a plan to inject over £500m into the company’s next generation of high performance sports cars.”
Keith Stanton, Aston Martin manufacturing operations director, added: “I am very happy to be able to execute another part of our manufacturing strategy by extending our already highly-efficient facility.
“The improvements at Gaydon are a big step forward, and the development will enable us to streamline and finesse our manufacturing processes which, in turn, will allow us to be leaner and even more competitive.”

4 June 2014


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