The UK-based white goods manufacturer Dyson is proposing to transfer all vacuum cleaner manufacturing from Malmesbury in the UK to the Far East.
Two years ago, Dyson set up a production facility in Malaysia and, according to the company ‘its success and the quality of products means that the company is now planning to expand Far Eastern production. ‘
‘This is a sad day and a very difficult one,’ said James Dyson. ‘We have spent the last 6 years building up production here at Malmesbury. By moving it to the Far East where many suppliers are based and where production is more cost effective, we would be able to continue to grow, invest heavily in new technologies and launch more products faster.’
This new production capacity would mean that Dyson could continue to supply current international markets as well as meet demand from the US market. Research and development, the ‘heart and soul’ of Dyson, will remain in Malmesbury.
‘R&D is critical to our future and we must increase this to continue developing new technology products,’ Dyson said.
The proposal would affect around 800 from manufacturing and other areas of the Dyson business.
‘We will consult with everybody who may be affected by the proposal and an employee consultation committee will be elected. A range of support packages will be looked at and discussed with the committee,’ he said.
‘If it goes ahead this will be a blow to all those who have put in so much effort. We will treat people who have been loyal to us decently and do our best to help people find new jobs,’ Dyson concluded.