Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson accuses 'Chinese spy' of selling secrets to German competitor
An alleged Chinese spy at the centre of an industrial espionage scandal at Dyson, the UK-based vacuum cleaner manufacturer, has been named.
Dyson claims that Yong Pang, an engineer specialising in electric motors, was paid more than 11,500 pounds by a German competitor to pass on the technology, which is at the heart of future product development.
The firm said that Bosch, which employs 70 times the number of staff across the world, then shared what it learned with their Chinese manufacturer, the Telegraph reports.
Pang was employed as a senior motor-drive engineer at Dyson's headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, from June 2010 until he was dismissed for gross misconduct in June this year, according to papers lodged with the High Court.
According to Dyson, Pang entered into a written consultancy agreement with Bosch, dated September 28, 2009, nine months before he started work for them, the report said.
The contract was allegedly between Bosch Lawn and Garden Limited and ACE Electric Machine Design, which listed Pang's wife as director, it added.
Bosch allegedly paid Pang at least 11,650 pounds over a 16-month period while he was working for Dyson, without their knowledge.