Aston Martin deciding between UK, U.S., Middle East for new plant: source

Tue Dec 8, 2015 2:00pm EST
 
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By Costas Pitas

LONDON (Reuters) - Luxury British carmaker Aston Martin, due to decide in the next few weeks where it will build a new plant, is choosing from four sites in Britain, the United States and the Middle East, a source familiar with the firm's thinking told Reuters.

The loss-making company is planning a major expansion program in a bid to return to profitability which will see volumes of its existing product lineup of sports cars boosted as well as a new crossover utility vehicle known as the DBX.

A source told Reuters on Tuesday that two British sites, one in the U.S. state of Alabama and one in the Middle East were being considered by the board of the mainly Italian and Kuwaiti private equity-owned firm.

"The board is reviewing the options and will make a decision by the end of the year or the first few weeks of January," the source said.

Aston Martin declined to comment.

The firm said in October it had narrowed a list of 19 possible locations to six to build up to 5,000 DBX models. It is also planning to widen the niche range of Lagonda cars it builds.

The carmaker has an existing plant in Gaydon, central England, where it builds conventional sports cars.

Lawmaker Andrew Mitchell said late last month that a roughly 80-acre site in his central England constituency of Sutton Coldfield was in "pole position" to be picked by the automaker, if the right terms were agreed, creating up to 1,000 jobs.   Continued...

 
The badge of an Aston Martin DB10 is displayed at a UK Trade and Investment event in London, Britain October 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Neil Hall