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Aston Martin contracts worth £60m to be advertised on Sell2Wales

13/04/2017 00:00:00

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The luxury car maker Aston Martin is to open up more than £60m worth of supply contracts for the second phase of its St Athan factory via the Welsh Government’s procurement channel Sell2Wales. 

First Minister Carwyn Jones made the announcement on 6th April, ahead of the official ceremony to mark the commencement of the second phase of works at the former RAF super hangar site at St Athan.  

The former military site was formally handed over from the Ministry of Defence to Aston Martin by Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon at the ceremony, which included Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer, Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns and First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones.

The commencement of these works means that the Aston Martin St Athan factory is on target to commence production of the company’s new SUV, the Aston Martin DBX, in 2019.

It is the first time that private sector contracts have been advertised on Sell2Wales and will ensure Welsh SMEs have easy access to the raft of contracts being awarded by Aston Martin for work linked to the preparation and commencement of production at St Athan.

Aston Martin contracts worth several million pounds have already been advertised on Sell2Wales for phase one of its £200m investment project in St Athan, which, following the completion of phase two in 2020, is set to employ more than 750 high-skilled workers.

Just over one year ago, Aston Martin announced that St Athan had been chosen as the site for its second UK manufacturing plant from 20 potential global locations, as part of the company’s growth strategy, the Second Century Plan. The investment into St Athan is part of Aston Martin’s wider industrial expansion plans which will see 1,000 new jobs created across its two UK manufacturing sites by 2020 – Gaydon, Warwickshire and St Athan, South Wales – with a likely further 3,000 across the supply chain and local businesses in Wales.

Phase I commenced in late 2016 when Aston Martin was first given access to part of the St Athan site and began to create the customer and staff reception areas, administration and management offices and the employee restaurant.

Phase II marks the beginning of the manufacturing project that will see the three super hangars redeveloped into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The new plant brings employment opportunities to South Wales; a recruitment event last year attracted 3,000 applications and already the first technicians are working on the DB11 at Gaydon. Training for the highly-skilled roles they will take up at St Athan in 2020.

Further information on Aston Martin can be found at: www.astonmartin.com and details of the current supply contracts available for tender under phase one of the St Athan project can be found at: www.sell2wales.gov.uk.  Phase two tender opportunities, which have yet to be announced, will be advertised, as and when they become available.