Dyson invests stg£50m in new manufacturing facility in Singapore

22 Feb 2013

Pictured: a robot in action at Dyson's new manufacturing facility in Singapore

UK inventor James Dyson’s company has invested stg£50m in a new digital motor manufacturing facility in Singapore. The new facility will employ 210 people and will produce 4m Dyson digital motors a year.

Since 1999 Dyson has invested more than stg£100m researching and developing Dyson digital motors.

The Dyson digital motor powers Dyson’s cordless machines and the Dyson Airblade hand dryers. 

Dyson has been producing its own motors in Singapore since 2004, working with a local manufacturing firm. The opening of the new Dyson-owned facility will give Dyson greater control over intellectual property, and production processes.

Some 50 robots and 22 components are needed to produce each motor on the highly automated production line.

“Building a complex motor with minute tolerances requires the precision of a fully automated production line,” James Dyson explained.

“There is no room for error. Dyson engineers spent a year developing the lines, searching the globe for the most effective robotic equipment. This has allowed us to double our output,” he added.

Global demand

The facility will help Dyson meet growing demand for its digital motor-powered technology from markets including the US, Japan, and China.

In the UK and Irish business, demand for the DC35 in 2011 outstripped supply by 4:1.

In Ireland, sales of Dyson cordless machines grew by more than 135pc between 2011 and 2012.

Dyson said Ireland has been leading the trend in cutting the cord and choosing lightweight, powerful vacuums. Increasing production will sustain this growth and meet Irish demand.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years