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Dyson appoints Charker as head of automotive logistics

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Simon Charker has moved to a new role at Dyson as head of logistics, automotive. He was previously senior manager, EV supply chain landscape and has been with the company for three years.

Charker has been managing the supply chain in support of the domestic appliance manufacturer’s plans to enter the automotive industry with a new electric vehicle, which will be made in Singapore. The electric car plan is part of the company’s reported £2.5 billion ($3.32 billion) global drive into new technology.

The Singapore plant is expected to be completed in 2020, while the EV will hit the market in 2021.Dyson has said it will spend £1 billion ($1.4 billion) on developing the car and another billion to develop solid-state batteries. It bought the US-based solid-state battery company Sakti3 for $90m back in 2015.

Charker has previous automotive logistics and supply chain experience having been head of logistics and McLaren Automotive and supply chain operations manager at Honda UK Manufacturing for ten years.

Charker is one of the judges at the forthcoming Automotive Logistics Awards Europe 2019, which takes place in Munich, Germany on July 3.