Billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson has announced plans for a new multimillion-pound research and development centre. Vacuum and electronics giant Dyson is to begin work on a second technology campus on a 517-acre former Ministry of Defence site at Hullavington in Wiltshire, near its Malmesbury headquarters. It comes as the group looks to double its workforce to around 7,000 in the next six years and will create a global hub for research and development. Billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson (pictured) has announced plans for a new multimillion-pound research and development centre. Dyson has not disclosed how much will be invested in the Hullavington site.
Household appliance-maker Dyson today (Thursday) announced it is accelerating plans to develop electric cars in Britain – with a £200 million investment in track-testing facilities at its new UK research centre. The firm, which is branching out from its vacuum cleaners and hair driers to take on car giants with a new generation of high-tech electric vehicles, said the move would create'more high-skilled jobs for Britain'. It is being viewed as another vote of confidence in the United Kingdom in the run up to Brexit next Spring. Cleaning up in the electric car market: This artist's impression shows how Dyson's new campus at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire could look as it ramps up efforts to produce a range of new electric cars Dyson is currently recruiting an additional 300 automotive engineers on top of the 400 already in place and has said the electric car project could see the firm's present UK workforce nearly double to around 8,000. The battery-powered electric cars are being designed and developed in the UK, however lower labour costs mean final assembly is likely to be in South East Asia where much of the firm's wider electronic and hi-tech production already takes place.
Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track in Wiltshire where its new electric cars will be put through their paces. The track and other facilities are part of a plan to start selling a "radical" electric car from 2021. The company best known for its vacuums and domestic appliances bought the disused airfield at Hullavington two years ago. Dyson has already renovated two hangars built in 1938 at the 517-acre site. That redevelopment has cost £84m and the next phase of the airfield's development would take Dyson's total investment to £200m.
Sir James Dyson, the billionaire inventor and Brexit backer, has unveiled expansion plans to accommodate more than 2,000 workers at his Wiltshire research facility, more than doubling capacity for electric-vehicle testing. Coming despite severe warnings over lost jobs and investment from no-deal Brexit, his technology company is spending about £200m to expand the testing facility on a former second world war airfield at Hullavington, near Malmesbury in the west of England. The investment comes a year after Dyson announced plans to create an electric vehicle to propel his high-tech household goods company to become a rival to Tesla, the carmaker started by the US billionaire Elon Musk. The British engineering company is developing a car that is due to be ready for road testing in 2020, with the first deliveries coming a year later. Dyson's expansion plans for the research and development site, which is already home to about 400 workers, include planning applications for more than 10 miles of vehicle-testing tracks with high speed sections, hills and off-road routes to put its new electric cars through their paces.