As part of a £2.75 billion (S$4.93 billion) investment, British electronics firm Dyson will be building a new advanced manufacturing hub in Singapore.
The investment will include the United Kingdom (UK) and the Philippines, and will double Dyson’s portfolio of products and its foray into new fields by 2025.
According to the tech giant, one of its priorities is the commercialisation of its solid state battery technology which is being developed in Singapore, the UK, the United States and Japan.
The technology is said to provide cleaner and more efficient energy storage than current batteries.
Will Ramp Up Hiring In S’pore
Even though Dyson did not mention how many new hires it will accept for its new manufacturing hub, it plans to hire additional engineers in the fields of machine learning, software and robotics.
Currently, the firm has around 1,200 employees in Singapore.
Despite announcing that it would cut 900 jobs due to Covid-19 in July, it was still hiring for 27 roles here. Over a hundred engineers were hired here this year.
In July last year, Dyson CEO said that the firm expects its headcount to “grow quite substantially over the course of the next few years,” though he didn’t reveal any exact figures.
It also intends to double its headcount at its Science Park facility, which will reportedly create an additional 190 jobs over the next five years.
According to the Dyson job portal, it has around 65 roles open in Singapore currently.
The company’s new global headquarters at St James Power Station in Singapore is set to open in 2021.
Meanwhile, it also plans to set up a university research programme in Singapore to drive product development.
Currently, it has 22 of such programmes, including ones with universities like Oxford University and Cambridge University.
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