Dyson, the UK based tech company, is moving its corporate head office to Singapore "to reflect the increasing importance of Asia" to its business. The company’s plans for 2019 include a doubling of its Singapore Technology Centre and increased investment in Malaysia.
Jim Rowan, the chief executive officer of Dyson said: "In 2018, Dyson made its largest investment in the UK while driving its technology investments around the world, particularly in Singapore, responding to soaring demand for Dyson products across Asia."
The company said that a growing number of its customers and its manufacturing operations are now in Asia. "An increasing proportion of Dyson's executive team is going to be based in Singapore," said Dyson. However, this will not change any of its investment and recruitment plans.
The upcoming electric car of the Dyson will be manufactured in Singapore. The former president of Infiniti Motor Company and senior vice-president of Nissan Motor Roland Krueger will join Dyson in April, based in Singapore, to oversee aspects of the automotive project as it approaches launch".
Given the growth of its research and development in the UK in Singapore, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines in 2018, the company said, investments will continue to grow across all its centers in 2019. "We will expand the top-secret development labs in the UK, increase our upstream research programmes, and continue to grow our automotive team. Our Singapore Technology Centre will double in size as we crystallize our investments there, and the Malaysia Design Centre goes into its next phase of development."
Hiring local talents
The move reflects Singapore's increasing importance as a business hub. Multinational corporations and other companies are looking to deepen their presence in Asia to leverage Singapore as a home to develop product strategies for local markets. This obviously has implications for local talents who are looking for new opportunities.
The hiring page of Dyson shows that there are currently over 60 roles open for application. From engineers to HR administrators and talent acquisition partners, the company offers a range of roles that those based in Singapore might be interested in.