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  1. SINGAPORE - Technology company Dyson has secured a new global headquarters building in Singapore at the historic St James Power Station, as it seeks to expand its presence in the city state after pulling the plug on its electric car project. Chief executive Jim Rowan told The Straits Times that the company had "very recently" agreed on terms with landlord Mapletree for the waterfront site at 3 Sentosa Gateway, which has been vacant since September last year. "We have agreed that Dyson will take that whole power station as its global headquarters," he said. "It's an indication that we are serious about laying down some very deep roots within Singapore." Dyson declined to disclose the investment sum. ST understands a lease agreement has been signed for the power station, which has a gross floor area of 110,000 sq ft. It was formerly one of the biggest nightlife hubs in Singapore, and was gazetted as a national monument in 2009. Renovations are under way and Dyson plans to move there in 2021. With the new HQ, Dyson will double its pool of engineers and scientists here in the next five years, as it ramps up research and engineering in Singapore. The company's early-stage research - the starting point for inventions and intellectual property - is now mostly done in Britain. Dyson currently employs 1,200 people in Singapore, 350 of who are engineers and scientists. Its global workforce stands at about 14,000. Economic Development Board assistant managing director Tan Kong Hwee said Dyson's decision to invest in the power station as its headquarters, as well as increase its research and engineering footprint, demonstrates its long-term commitment to Singapore. "The planned doubling of Dyson's engineers and scientists in Singapore to 700 people is also a testament to Singapore's growing attractiveness for high-value innovation activities," Mr Tan told ST. He said the investment "will create exciting job opportunities", such as in power electronics, energy storage and sensors. The move comes after Dyson relocated its headquarters from Britain to Singapore in May. The British company, privately owned by founder James Dyson, saw profits last year jump 33 per cent to £1.1 billion (S$1.9 billion) from 2017, amid soaring demand for its products in Asia. In October last year, Dyson said it will build its first electric vehicle in Singapore. But the project was abandoned last month as it was no longer "commercially viable". When St James Power Station is refurbished, it is estimated to have a capacity of about 700 workstations. It will house three levels of technology labs and office and collaboration spaces. Half of the space will be for research, design and development engineering teams. Dyson will join several big companies that have offices in the Alexandra precinct, such as Google, tech company Cisco Systems and consumer goods giant Unilever. ST understands that other companies were also interested in St James Power Station. In a nod to the building's history, a heritage gallery will be set up, and be open to the public. The power station was officially opened in 1927 as Singapore's first coal-fired power plant before it was decommissioned in 1976. Dyson will continue to invest in the United Kingdom. It has two campuses there, Malmesbury and Hullavington, as well as an engineering university. Mr Rowan said: "The spaces in which we work have always been important to us - they provide the inspiration and environment to nurture ideas." He added that both he and Mr Dyson are excited about having the power station as their new headquarters. "It's got history, it's got great design, and if we can keep the ethos and the attention that was paid to the building when it was first created, and modernise it to make sure it's got all the amenities, then it's the best of both worlds."
  2. Great! We're finally going to have cars, albeit electric cars, manufactured in Singapore! The manufacturing facility is slated for completion in 2020, with its first electric vehicle rolling out by Dyson in the following year. You're reading correctly ...... Dyson, the maker of household appliances including bagless vacuum cleaners which it invented :) Good to diversify our economy and create more jobs! Hopefully, it will be able to rival Telsa and serve as a catalyst for more automotive makers to set up assembly plants here! https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/british-technology-company-dyson-to-build-electric-car-in-singapore-10855708
  3. Dyson revs up hiring spree for Singapore electric car plant https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/dyson-revs-up-hiring-spree-for-spore-electric-car-plant?cx_testId=0&cx_testVariant=cx_2&cx_artPos=4#cxrecs_s
  4. The company that is best known for making vacuum cleaners wanted to build its new electric cars at Honda's U.K. Swindon production site but was rejected. As seen in an article published by Carscoops, Dyson was said to have sent a letter to a local MP in Wiltshire, which revealed Dyson wanted to make the most of unused parts in Honda’s local factory. “The most annoying thing is that 12 months ago we went to see Honda at Swindon,” he wrote. “We knew that they were only using one of their assembly buildings, (and we asked) if we could rent the unused one. They refused.” That said, Honda denies the rejection and in a statement, stated, “We are aware of a letter between Dyson and James Gray MP, the contents of which are factually incorrect.” Since then, Dyson has already committed to building its electric vehicles in Singapore and recently moved its global headquarters to our sunny island. After announcing its intentions to make electric cars in 2017, Dyson also released sketches of an electric SUV being developed by the company. Dyson hopes its plant in Singapore will become operational in 2020 and intends to launch its first model in 2021.
  5. SimonTan

    Dyson Fan

    http://www.dyson.com/store/fans.asp Anyone knows where can I buy these fans in Singapore? Went to Best Denki, only saw the dyson vacuum cleaner. I am not comfortable to order thru internet for such bulky item.
  6. Carbon82

    Dyson, the New Kid on the Block

    Dyson developing an electric car, according to government documents The company last year refused to confirm they were working on a green vehicle, but a government plan on infrastructure suggests they are Dyson is developing an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire with help from public money, according to government documents. The company, which makes a range of products that utilise the sort of highly efficient motors needed for an electric car such as vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and bladeless fans, last year refused to rule out rumours it was building one. But on Wednesday, the government appeared to have accidentally disclosed Dyson is working on one, along with other big companies outside of the automotive industry, such as Apple. “The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure £174m of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering,” said the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, published on Wednesday. When Dyson CEO, Max Conze, was asked last year if the company was working on an electric car, he said: “We are ruling nothing out. Like our friends in Cupertino [Apple] we are also unhealthily obsessive when it comes to taking apart our products to make them better.” Dyson recently reported profits up 20% in 2015, driven by strong growth in China, and said it plans to invest £1bn in battery technology over the next five years. Last October, Dyson bought solid-state battery company, Sakti3, for $90m, which founder Sir James Dyson said had “developed a breakthrough in battery technology.” Asked if the company was, as the government suggested, developing an electric car, a Dyson spokesman said: “We never comment on products that are in development.” The Guardian has also contacted the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles, which encourages the roll-out of electric vehicles as a way to cut air pollution and lower carbon emissions, and is awaiting details on the exact level of funding. Dyson, 68, has a long history of inventions. He designed the Rotork Sea Truck, a fast cargo boat in 1970, which has been used by the military and is still sold today. In 1974, he designed the Ballbarrow, a barrow with a ball replacing the wheel, having been frustrated by wheelbarrows getting stuck in mud on a building site. His breakthrough was the bagless vaucum cleaner, which was inspired by air cyclones used in sawmills to suck up sawdust. Since then, he has created bladeless fans and the Airblade hand dryer. Many of Dyson’s devices use small, light and efficient electric motors developed over 10 years by his company, which may find application in developing a new electric car. Dyson is a now worth several billion pounds and in 2014 pledged his company would spend £1.5bn on research and development to create future products, aiming to launch 100 new electrical products by 2018. Dyson Reportedly Developing An Electric Car Of Its Own There are so many potential jokes, quips, and overall smartass remarks to be mined from the prospect of a vacuum cleaner company designing a car which, contrary to the firm’s essential business, doesn’t suck, that we’ll cut straight to the otherwise buried lead… Originally tipped by The Guardian, U.K. company Dyson is developing an electric car of its own at its headquarters in Wiltshire, England, and according to government documents, the Brits are publically funding the enterprise. Both the company and the government have yet to officially comment on the situation. The Guardian says a just-published National Infrastructure Delivery Plan revealed, likely by accident, “The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This will secure £174m of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering.” The newspaper further reports that Dyson bought solid-state battery company, Sakti3, for $90m last October, which founder Sir James Dyson said had “developed a breakthrough in battery technology.” In 2014 Dyson reportedly pledged his company would spend £1.5bn on research and development to create future products, with the lofty goal of bringing 100 new items to market by 2018. A big boost in the company’s favor in this regard is that its famed lineup of vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans and hand dryers not only incorporate cutting-edge electric motors, but come wrapped in revolutionary designs that essentially transform everyday household products into display-worthy items and enable Dyson to command premium prices for their wares. Substitute “home computer” for “vacuum cleaner” and “operating system” for “electric motors,” and that sounds a lot like Apple if you ask us.
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