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Founded by Sir James Dyson, 71, this manufacturer of bagless vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans is in the middle of a £2.5bn investment drive in electric vehicles, robotics, battery technology and artificial intelligence. Growth in Asia and demand for its hairdryers and air purifiers saw sales jump 40% in 2017 to £3.5bn, with profits up 27% to £801m. Last year, the Wiltshire company promoted chief operating officer Jim Rowan, 52, to chief executive.

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Company details
ActivityAppliance manufacturer
Sales £m*3,500
Profit £m*801
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersSir James Dyson and family (100%)

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