British appliance maker Dyson opened its new global headquarters at St James Power Station on Friday, 25 March, announcing that it plans to invest S$1.5 billion into local operations over the next four years. The event was attended by Dyson Founder and Chairman James Dyson and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
“You can feel the ambition in Singapore and Dyson’s expansion here is possible because of the wonderful inventiveness and enthusiasm of the young Singaporean engineers and scientists who have joined us," said Mr. Dyson.
"Finding a home for our headquarters in St James Power Station was serendipitous and would not have been possible without the generosity and vision of Mapletree and the steadfast support of the Singapore Government."
The refurbished 110,000 sq. ft. monument now serves as the hub for Dyson's research and engineering teams, along with commercial, advanced manufacturing and supply chain operations. It features 18 state-of-the-art research laboratories that the company looks to use to develop new products.
In line with this, the company also announced that it plans to hire more than 250 Singaporean engineers and scientists in a wide range of fields, including robotics, machine learning, electric digital motors, sensing and vision systems and energy storage, among others. The new hires will join Dyson’s growing workforce in the country, which consists of over 1,400 employees.
“The historic St James Power Station marks the start of the next chapter for Dyson as a global technology company,” said Dyson CEO Roland Krueger. “It reflects our continued commitment to reinvest in our people, equipment and laboratories.”
The St James Power Station was built in 1927 and was Singapore’s first coal-fired power station. It powered the island it was built on until it was decommissioned in 1975. The site was then repurposed as Southeast Asia’s first automated warehouse between 1984 to 1992. Later in 2006, it found a second lease on life when it became one of the most popular nightlife spots in the country. In 2018, the building was returned to landlord Mapletree, who would later partner with Dyson for the project.
This isn’t Dyson’s first facility in Singapore. The company already established a product development and testing space at Singapore Science Park and a manufacturing plant in Jurong, both of which will continue to operate. It also looks to open a new plant in Tuas to manufacture batteries.
Dyson opened the doors of its new global headquarters at St James Power Station today, attended by Founder James Dyson and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
At the event, Dyson announced that it plans to invest S$1.5 billion into local operations over the next four years.
The company also plans to hire more than 250 Singaporean engineers and scientists in a wide range of fields.