Dyson is to open a manufacturing plant for next generation batteries in Singapore and accelerate software, AI and product development globally with new sites in the Philippines and Bristol, UK.
The battery plant in Tuas Singapore, which is also Dyson’s global headquarters, will be completed this year and will become fully operational by 2025, producing Dyson battery cells with proprietary technology for newly developed Dyson products.
The company took a dig at the UK’s lack of support for technology.
“Singapore’s highly skilled engineers and scientists, and supportive government that embraces Industry 4.0 manufacturing, make it the perfect place for a high-technology company such as Dyson,” said Dyson’s Chief Executive, Roland Krueger.
The company acquired solid state battery pioneer Sakti3 in 2015 but has not adopted the technology, instead working on smaller, lighter, more sustainable, and more energy dense batteries. Research teams have been working globally on the proprietary new technology battery, which uses novel materials and processes, and is assembled in a smart, digitally enabled environment, although the technical details are not available.
“Software, connectivity, AI, and proprietary new technology batteries will power the next generation of Dyson technology,” said Sir James Dyson, Founder.. “Just like our long-term investments in pioneering digital electric motor technology, Dyson’s next generation battery technology will drive a major revolution in the performance and sustainability of Dyson’s machines.”
A new £166m Philippines Technology Centre will bring together Dyson’s research, development and advanced motor manufacturing capabilities under one roof in the first half of 2024
The new campus in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, will see Dyson initially hire an additional 400 engineers and more than 50 graduate engineers who will join the team later this year.
Amongst other things, R&D teams in the Philippines will be focused on software, AI, robotics, fluid dynamics and hardware electronics.
Dysonalso has plans for a £100m investment in a major new Technology Centre in Bristol, UK, that will be home to hundreds of software and AI engineers working on a pipeline of products that stretches 10 years into the future, as well as the global technology company’s commercial and ecommerce teams for Great Britain and Ireland.
This follows a Robotics Centre that was announced last year at its Hullavington Airfield Campus in Wiltshire.
“To us, sensors, apps, and connectivity are about more than simply adding function to the machine. They transform how we support our owners and assess autonomously how to improve a product’s performance over its lifetime to ensure they are at peak performance,” said Jake Dyson, Dyson’s Chief Engineer.
“We have significant ambitions and will hire increasing numbers of software, AI and connectivity engineers as part of a growing global team. The new Dyson Technology Centre in Bristol will be a vital hub contributing to Dyson’s connected future.”