Aston Martin will shut UK plants after virus hits demand

Automotive Industry

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2020-03-24

Aston Martin said it will suspend production at its UK factories starting Wednesday 25 March to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, which has hurt demand for its cars.

Aston Martin operates two plants in the UK. Its Gaydon plant in central England builds sports cars, while its new plant in St Athan, south Wales, produces the company's new DBX SUV.

The automaker said in a news release that the manufacturing suspension is initially planned to last until Monday 20 April but it will continue to review the situation and "will look to resume operations as soon as it is reasonable to do so."

The company said that the outbreak has increased the risks to its financial performance in 2020 as only two thirds of its global dealer network is currently operating.  

Aston Martin joins Bentley, Vauxhall, Mini, Rolls-Royce, Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota and Honda, in pausing vehicle production in the UK because of the pandemic.  Ford is stopping output at its engine plants in Dagenham near London and Bridgend, Wales.

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