Bosses say safety of its workforce, suppliers and their families are main priority
Warwickshire car maker Aston Martin has announced it is suspending all manufacturing operations at its UK plants in line with the latest Government coronavirus guidelines.
The suspension will come into force at all Aston Martin sites simultaneously tonight (Tuesday, March 24).
The prestige car maker said it had taken the difficult but appropriate action to support the Governments measures on slowing the spread of Covid-19 and to protect the health and safety of its workforce, its suppliers and their families.
Most of Aston Martins production takes place at its headquarters in Gaydon, but its newest model – the DBX SUV – is being produced at a new factory in St Athan, South Wales.
Initially car production will be suspended until Monday, April 20, but the situation will be under continuous review.
In a statement Aston Martin said it would look to resume operations as soon as it is reasonable to do so.
Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: It is our responsibility to ensure we do all we can to support the Governments efforts in slowing the spread of Covid-19 over the coming weeks and, with the health of our amazing workforce front and centre of our minds, we have taken the tough decision to temporarily suspend operations at our sites around the UK.
I hope and believe that our national fight against this dreadful virus will be successful and as soon as we have the ability we will, of course, return to normal operations.
In the meantime, I would like to wish everyone associated with this great company good luck, and good health.