Car company cuts

A drop in car sales has forced Aston Martin to consider cutting up to 600 positions across its permanent and temporary workforces.

The Gaydon, Warwickshire-based luxury car company is in talks with representatives from the union Unite on a range of cutbacks that will be implemented in 2009.

Dr Ulrich Bez, chief executive officer at Aston Martin, said: ‘Like other premium car brands, Aston Martin has been forced to take action to respond to the unprecedented downturn in the global economy. These are regrettable but necessary measures in the extraordinary market conditions we all now face.

‘Overall we remain confident that the Aston Martin brand is the strongest it has ever been – with dedicated design, engineering and manufacturing facilities and an award-winning product range, we remain well positioned for the upturn in the economy.’