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Dyson plans £100m technology centre in Bristol

Dyson has today revealed plans for a £100m investment in a major new technology centre in Bristol.

The new centre will be home to hundreds of software and AI engineers working on a pipeline of products that stretches 10 years into the future, as well as the global technology company's commercial and ecommerce teams for Great Britain and Ireland.

Opposite Castle Park, in the heart of the city, the new centre represents a further major investment by Dyson in the UK after a robotics centre was announced last year at its Hullavington Airfield Campus in Wiltshire, where Dyson has restored RAF hangars and transformed them into R&D labs focused on wearables and robotics.

The commitment to Bristol reflects the city's position as an international hub for software and digital skills, and will drive recruitment of the highest qualified people from the UK and around the world.

Commenting on the new building, Jake Dyson, Dyson's chief engineer, said: "To us, sensors, apps, and connectivity are about more than simply adding function to the machine. They transform how we support our owners and assess autonomously how to improve a product's performance over its lifetime to ensure they are at peak performance.

"We have significant ambitions and will hire increasing numbers of software, AI and connectivity engineers as part of a growing global team. The new Dyson Technology Centre in Bristol will be a vital hub contributing to Dyson's connected future."

The new technology centre, to be built as part of the sustainable redevelopment of a building near Bristol Bridge, will sit alongside Dyson's existing UK presence, including the Malmesbury and Hullavington campuses, and offices in London, which combined employ more than 3,500 people involved in UK R&D, and where Dyson has invested £1.4bn in R&D over the last decade.

The Malmesbury Campus is also home to the Dyson Institute, where 160 undergraduates study for a BEng engineering degree with no tuition fees, while earning a Dyson salary and working on real projects from Day One. The new Dyson Technology Centre in Bristol will contribute to Dyson's connected future, developing apps and connected functions of Dyson products.

Dyson has also today announced a major acceleration of its international advanced manufacturing capabilities and global R&D footprint, with a next generation battery plant in Singapore and new R&D campus in the Philippines.

The Singapore plant is the most significant investment in advanced manufacturing in Dyson's history and is the size of 53 basketball courts.

Sir James Dyson, founder, said: "Software, connectivity, AI, and proprietary new technology batteries will power the next generation of Dyson technology. Just like our long-term investments in pioneering digital electric motor technology, Dyson's next generation battery technology will drive a major revolution in the performance and sustainability of Dyson's machines."

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