KUCHING: Dyson opened the doors to its expanded Development Centre in Malaysia, in the presence of Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Datuk Darell Leiking.
The opening follows the completion of Dyson’s research and development campus expansion in Senai, Johor which represents part of a RM3 billion investment in Malaysia in the last decade.
Designed to be a world-class development centre for collaboration, testing and designing, the new facility provides Dyson engineers with 22 laboratories and hands-on prototyping space, alongside breakout areas for collaborative projects. The development will increase the agile working environments by 20 per cent.
An original Harrier jump jet engine has been restored and serves as a design icon for the people. In addition, an in-house gym for Dyson people and a new café add to the campus feel of the site.
Scott Maguire, Global Vice President said: “Some of the Malaysia’s brightest minds are helping to develop Dyson’s most successful technologies. We are deepening our investment here to help achieve our technology ambitions globally.
“The new research and laboratory spaces will enable the development of radically new technologies with the power to transform cities, homes and workplaces; improving lives in the process.”
Dyson’s investment in technology and innovation extends into its manufacturing and operations. Last year, Dyson produced its 100 millionth machine as total manufacturing volume reached a record 80,000 machines a day. With proximity to suppliers in the region, the development centre serves as an important hub for innovation in manufacturing techniques and processes.
“We are pleased that Dyson is expanding and deepening its presence in Malaysia. With its focus on high quality and intelligent machines, Dyson’s Malaysia Development Centre will create exciting jobs in areas such as product design, machine learning, electrical & electronics development, innovation in materials and supply chain analytics.
“This will in turn, inspire young Malaysians about the transformational possibilities of engineering and manufacturing, and support our drive to build an innovation-led economy,” Darell said.