BRITISH technology company Dyson, renowned for its vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans, has ramped up its production capabilities in Singapore.
And a key reason the firm chose to invest here is to tap on the country's engineering expertise, which is needed in the manufacture of its high-tech digital motors.
Dyson has invested $100 million in its new West Park facility in Pioneer Crescent, which can produce four million of its V4 motors a year. The motors are used in the company's hand dryers and tap dryers.
The facility, which Dyson moved into in February last year, reached its full production capacity this week. Praising the expertise here, Dyson's senior design engineer, Mr Kevin Grant, said yesterday: "The graduate engineers coming out of Singapore's education system (are able to) receive the projects from Britain and get them into our detailed manufacturing level, ready for assembly."
He added that Dyson can source for precision components - needed for the V4 motors - in Singapore.
The Dyson V4 motors made here can spin at 100,000 revolutions per minute, which is about five times faster than that of the engine of a Formula One race car.
It is this efficiency and power that help to generate the "knife of air" through the 0.8mm wide aperture in Dyson's tap dryer which "shears the water" off a user's wet hands, said Mr Grant.
Dyson's first digital motor was produced in Singapore in 2004, by working closely with a local manufacturing firm.
Economic Development Board chairman Leo Yip said Dyson's decision to locate its facility here "affirms Singapore's value as a strategic base for advanced manufacturing in Asia".
Mr Yip cited the country's "skilled workforce, world-class logistics infrastructure and strong intellectual-property protection" as pull factors.
Dyson West Park will generate a total of 210 jobs, said the company in a statement. Its research and development office at Alexandra Technopark has 129 engineers.