Dyson R&D facilities at Malmesbury to grow as Dyson family step up
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Jake Dyson, son of Sir James, has joined the family firm, having brought his business, Jake Dyson Light, under its umbrella and become an executive board director in 2013, according to a report in the Financial Times.
Jake joins his brother Sam, also a non executive director.
Dyson Lights will now be sold through Dyson and manufactures at the Dyson factory in Malaysia.
In the interview, Sir James said that the beauty of a family business is that the product can come first and there are no investors with shortterm views.
Dyson is currently expanding its research and development premises at Malmesbury. The company says it has a pipeline of ideas stretching decades into the future and invests £3 million every week into research and development, working with more than a dozen leading universities on ‘top secret’ inventions.
For Dyson to grow, it says it needs to double its research and development footprint and recruit up to 3,000 more engineers. Dyson has nearly tripled the number of engineers employed in Malmesbury in the past four years; converting former assembly lines into advanced research and development laboratories developing technologies such as the high speed Dyson digital motor. This year, Dyson is planning to recruit another 400 engineers.
The new £250 million technology campus could enable Dyson to add a further 3,000 people to the company’s current UK workforce of 2,500.