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Dyson was founded in 1993 by Sir James Dyson, who remains Chief Engineer and Chairman. From its beginnings in cyclonic vacuums, Dyson’s portfolio has grown to include battery enabled and autonomous vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, lighting, heating and cooling fans, humidifiers, air purifiers and hair dryers, which are exported from the UK and sold in 75 markets globally. Dyson holds 8,000 patents worldwide and is focused on combining hardware, software and algorithms to make intelligent machines which understand their environment and how to improve it.

Headquartered in Malmesbury, UK, Dyson is a family business employing over 7,000 people globally. One third of its people are engineers and scientists and Dyson will double the number of engineers it employs by 2020.

In addition to spending £5m per week on Research and Development, Dyson has 40 live university partnerships developing early-stage technologies, including a joint robotics lab with Imperial College London, and a Chair of Fluid Mechanics at University of Cambridge. Dyson has pledged £1bn to the long-term development of battery technology and acquired Michigan-based solid state battery start-up Sakti3 as it seeks to solve the energy storage problem which is one of the world’s major technological hurdles.