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WHERE ARE JAMES DYSON THEY NOW LOCAL has been publishing for over 18 years and we have the archives to show it. With this column we continue to reach back into our old issues to see “Where are they now?” JULY 2016 Photography by Larry Fagala Photography Courtesy of www.dyson.com FEBRUARY 2004 VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 62 | FEBRUARY 2004 James Dyson | British brainiac and vacuum innovator In February 2004, Sir James Dyson graced our cover alongside his revolutionary Dyson Cyclone. From a frustrating vacuum experience in 1978, which started his journey to create a better vacuum, to 5,127 prototypes over a fiveyear period to more than 10 million Dyson machines sold worldwide to date in February 2004, things have only grown for the bagless vacuum inventor. Today Sir James Dyson is a billionaire. There is a James Dyson Award and Foundation whose mission it is to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent. There are more products in over 65 countries worldwide like the Air Multiplier which is a bladeless cooling fan, hand dryers in public bathrooms, desk fans and hair dryers – all with sleek 42 L O C A L | july 16 modern sensibilities that flip our expectations of the way things have always worked. And Dyson continues to shake things up. As recently as last month, Dyson was in the news for stating that Britain would gain more from leaving the EU than it would lose. According to the BBC, Dyson said the single market did not work because exporters had to adapt products like his to cater for different languages and different types of plugs. Most recently the Dyson company invested in a purpose-built motors facility in Singapore whose sole purpose is to precision-manufacture every single Dyson digital motor. Let’s see what he does in the next 10 years…