250 more engineers in Malmesbury for Dyson
DYSON expects to have 1,000 engineers working at its Malmesbury headquarters by the end of this year.
The town’s biggest employer, which this week announced a 19 per cent jump in profits to £364 million, is on a drive to recruit 650 more scientists and engineers – 250 of them at the Tetbury Hill base.
More than £70 million of the previous year’s profits after tax was poured into research and development and the latest generation of digital motors helped to push turnover in 2012 to £1.2 billion.
A new cordless machine, which Dyson claims has the same strength as a mains powered vacuum, was launched last week and goes on sale next month.
Chief Executive Max Conze said the company had delivered growth in the face of competition and tough trading conditions.
“We have been expanding and I think we will continue to expand our Malmesbury headquarters,” although he stressed the growth was global.
The firm has been involved in the creation of a new neighbourhood plan, securing extra land for its own development and suggesting the town could become a home for more technology and creative industries.
“It is another sign of our commitment to Malmesbury in the future,” said Mr Conze.
“I think we see ourselves being part of Malmesbury and we have a good relationship with the council and the schools.
“Obviously we are a significant employer in the region and our interests are very aligned,” he explained. “We need the right infrastructure that supports Dyson and for Malmesbury, Dyson as an expanding company is good for the town.”