Dyson plans $4.9b in investments across Singapore, UK, Philippines

British technology company Dyson is planning to have a new advanced manufacturing hub in Singapore as part of £2.75 billion (S$4.93 billion) worth of investments in the Republic, the United Kingdom and the Philippines.

The investments will double Dyson’s portfolio of products and go towards its venture in new fields by 2025, with the hiring of additional engineers in areas such as software, machine learning and robotics, the company said in a statement today.

It is putting resources in research areas such as next-generation motor technology, connectivity and material science.

Dyson said one of its priorities is the commercialisation of its solid state battery technology that is being developed in Singapore, the UK, the United States and Japan, and is said to provide cleaner and more efficient energy storage than current batteries.

The company’s new global head office at St James Power Station in Singapore is slated to open next year, and will be accompanied by an expansion of its research and development facilities, as well as research labs in fields such as machine learning and robotics.

Dyson has around 1,200 employees in Singapore, of whom 350 are engineers and scientists. Over 100 engineers were hired here this year.

The new advanced manufacturing hub here will bring together its various facilities and drive technical innovation in the field, Dyson said. It also intends to establish a new university research programme in Singapore to drive product development and build on its existing global programmes.

Dyson currently has 22 university research programmes, including longstanding projects with UK institutions such as Oxford University, Imperial College London and Cambridge University.

Meanwhile, the company is also deepening its commitment to advanced robotics research and artificial intelligence in the UK to drive the innovation of new technologies and products. The new investments will further new research in fields of study such as products for sustainable healthy indoor environments, Dyson said.

It is also creating a new dedicated software hub in Alabang, in the Philippines, to accelerate the development of new machines. Dyson currently has an advanced manufacturing facility in the country, located in Calamba. The facility manufactures 13 million digital motors each year.

Dyson’s chief executive officer Roland Krueger said the investments and expansion in the three countries are a vital step in the company’s development.

“Now is the time to invest in new technologies such as energy storage, robotics and software, which will drive performance and sustainability in our products for the benefit of Dyson’s customers,” he added.

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