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The British manufacturer Dyson has confirmed that it is to construct its first automotive plant in Singapore. Building will begin in December and the two-storey facility is scheduled for completion in 2020. It also confirmed that its electric vehicle is on track for launch in 2021.

In an internal memo to Dyson staff, Jim Rowan, Dyson’s CEO, wrote: ‘Singapore has a comparatively high cost base, but also great technology expertise and focus. It is therefore the right place to make high quality technology loaded machines, and the right place to make our electric vehicle’.

Dyson has been manufacturing in Singapore for the last 11 years. It currently employs 1,100 people in the city-state. It expects to more than double this number in the future.

Earlier this year, the company announced it was in the process of investing £200m in new buildings and testing facilities at its campus in the UK. Both initiatives form part of Dyson’s £2.5bn investment in new technology worldwide.

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