British technology company Dyson confirmed that its Board has passed a decision to construct its first advanced automotive manufacturing facility in Singapore. The bespoke two-storey manufacturing facility is scheduled for completion in 2020 and the first electric vehicle will be launched in 2021.
“Dyson’s growing automotive team is making excellent progress from the state-of-the-art hangars at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire where we are investing £200m. Clearly, we now need to move quickly towards manufacturing and assembly,” said Jim Rowan, CEO of Dyson.
The decision of where to make our car is complex, based on supply chains, access to markets, and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions. I am delighted to let you know that the Dyson Board has now decided that our first automotive manufacturing facility will be in Singapore. We will begin construction in December and it will be completed in 2020, meeting our project timeline, Rowan added.
Dyson currently employs 1,100 people in Singapore across its new Singapore Technology Centre at Science Park One and its Advanced Manufacturing Centre at West Park where it manufactures 21m motors a year on autonomous production lines.
In September 2017, Dyson revealed that it had been working on an electric vehicle. Dyson is continuing a £2.5bn investment programme in long-term technology and now employs 4,450 engineers and scientists around the world.
Dyson’s turnover in 2017 increased 40 per cent on the prior year to £3.5bn. Seventy-three per cent of Dyson growth came from Asia, while continental Europe grew at 21 per cent and the America at 19 per cent.