CORONAVIRUS NEWS: Aston Martin halts production

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GAYDON based Aston Martin Lagonda announced this week that it is to stop production at its two factories because of coronavirus.

The temporary closure of its factories follows the same course taken by other British car manufacturers in light of the pandemic.

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 Government’s 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.

Dr Andy Palmer, president and CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda

“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.”

The latest closures are expected to remain in place until 20th April and affect about 850 workers at Aston Martin’s main site at Gaydon and its facility at St Athan in south Wales.