Dyson’s founder and chief engineer, Sir James Dyson, speaks on stage in New York City.
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British household appliance giant Dyson, known for its vacuum cleaners, will hire 450 new employees in Singapore and the UK
The hires will be part of Dyson’s £ 2.75 billion (US $ 3.7 billion) global technology investment plan as the company seeks to expand research in advanced robotics and artificial intelligence.
At its global headquarters in Singapore, Dyson will hire 250 new engineers to double the existing software and electronics engineering teams, the company announced on Wednesday. The company currently employs around 1,400 people in the city-state, almost half of whom are engineers and scientists.
Dyson said there are also plans to set up a cybersecurity research center in Singapore.
The UK tech company announced in 2019 that it was moving its headquarters from Wiltshire, UK to Singapore, citing growth opportunities in Asia – a move widely criticized as its billionaire founder James Dyson was a prominent supporter of Brexit.
“We are expanding our research and development teams to deliver radical leaps in the performance of our machines, backed by technologies such as solid-state batteries and robotics,” said Dyson, founder and chief engineer of the company.
In the UK, Dyson will hire an additional 200 science and research staff at its Malmesbury and Hullavington innovation sites.
The new roles there focus on breakthroughs in areas like AI, machine learning, and high-speed digital motors and sensor technology.
Over 4,000 people, most of them engineers and scientists, work in Dyson’s UK offices.
Dyson’s research and development teams are located in the UK, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and the USA.
The company has abandoned plans to build electric cars in 2019.