Pledging a £2.5bn investment programme in long-term technology last year, Dyson produced its 100 millionth machine as total manufacturing volume reached a record 80,000 machines a day. Turnover was up 40 per cent to £3.5bn; 73 per cent of that growth came from Asia. Dyson now employs 4,450 engineers and scientists globally, of which half are based in Britain. The company, founded in 1993 by Sir James Dyson, turned 25 in 2018 and, having just revealed that it has been working on an electric vehicle at its Malmesbury campus in Wiltshire, shows no signs of slowing down.

‘Rather unusually for a company of its size,’ says Sir James, ‘Dyson is run by engineers and our technology pervades everything we manufacture. It means we take a rather different approach; we have an unflinching focus on the performance of our products. To stay ahead we reinvent and disrupt ourselves constantly, not just in our relationship with Dyson owners, but how we develop and make our own technology.’

Dyson is developing ambitious new technologies including power systems, motors, vision systems, filtration systems, robotics, machine learning and AI.

It is bringing this powerful combination together into new and existing products, focusing global expertise at key locations around the world.

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Cord-free vacuum cleaners, powered by Dyson’s digital motors, were the fastest selling vacuum cleaner for the second year running. In the UK, one in two cord-free vacuums sold
are made by Dyson. New proprietary Dyson motor technology powered a further step-change in 2018 with the launch of Dyson’s most powerful cord-free model yet: the Dyson Cyclone V10.

Employee headcount has increased 2.5 times over the last five years to 4,600 in Dyson’s home market and, in 2018, the 400-strong automotive team moved into a new state-of-the-art building at Hullavington Airfield. Hullavington will become a 750-acre facility, which will be Dyson’s second research and development campus in Britain.

Dyson continues to increase investment in its competing battery programs; the number of engineers and scientists working on Dyson’s solid-state technology has doubled in the past 12 months.

Over the past three years battery investment has more than doubled as Dyson seeks answers to the fundamental questions holding back energy storage technology and industrialises the solutions for future Dyson products.

Opened in 2017, the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology offers the brightest aspiring engineers an alternative to a traditional university degree. Based on Dyson’s 52-acre Technology Campus in Malmesbury, the four-year degree programme addresses the skills shortage affecting Britain. Offering free tuition for the undergraduates, the course covers the fundamentals of engineering in years one and two and then delivers more specific electronics and mechanical engineering content in years three and four; all alongside a paid job within one of Dyson’s research and development teams, working on real products, with leading engineers and scientists. Designed by James Dyson and Chris Wilkinson over the past 23 years, Dyson’s Malmesbury campus provides Dyson engineers with 129 laboratories and testing spaces.