Dyson to expand in the Philippines

TECHNOLOGY firm Dyson Ltd. is planning to invest more in the Philippines via the expansion of production lines in the country.

Dyson Philippines senior program manager Raymund Angeles said the firm would be adding another production line along with earlier-announced plans to build a state-of-the-art “campus” inside the First Philippine Industrial Park in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

“We are continuing to grow as for next year, we will have a total of seven production lines for our Dyson digital motors from the six that we have now,” Angeles said last Friday.

More could be added, he indicated, in a bid to maximize space at the new facility.

“[T]o clarify, the cost of that one new line is excluded from the P11-billion initial investment which was for the campus,” Angeles said.

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In May, Dyson said it would be investing the amount in a technology center spanning the equivalent of 92 basketball courts.

Dyson, a British firm that is now headquartered in Singapore, said it was looking to bring its research, development and manufacturing capabilities under one roof.

An initial 400 engineers would be hired for the project, Dyson then said.

On Tuesday, Dyson (Singapore) Chief Technology Officer John Churchill told visiting reporters that the investment was partly driven by the adaptability of Filipino workers.

“What we see in the Filipinos is this great ability to learn languages … what we want as a global company is a great ability to communicate and the Filipinos have that,” Churchill said.