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New SBU at Daikin Central Europe: Commercial Refrigeration

Press Release, July 2020

Daikin CE and AHT Cooling Systems are joining forces in 16 countries. The new strategic business unit will focus on commercial refrigeration making it the next important step in the company’s path of becoming the #1 provider in the segment.


Vienna, July 2020 – Daikin Central Europe (Daikin CE) has established a new strategic business unit focusing on commercial refrigeration. The new segment will combine the product and service range of both Daikin and AHT with a clear focus in mind: To serve and support customers in the food retail industry even better. The final acquisition of AHT in 2019, brought Daikin closer to its goal of becoming a full-service provider. The new unit will now offer and embody the “One-Stop-Shop” concept and is combing the experience of Daikin CE and AHT staff and partners. 


Daikin takes the lead as a full-service provider

Aptly named “Project FRESH”, Daikin Central Europe's new Strategic Business Unit will be offering the entire Daikin Group’s product portfolio related to food retail and commercial refrigeration from a single source.

The wide range of Daikin and AHT products and services, ensures that individual requirements can easily be met. The SBU will be led by Daniel Winch, who currently heads the commercial department at Daikin Central Europe and will be fully supported by an experienced AHT team.

“I am very much looking forward to this new challenge and believe that with the combined strengths of AHT and Daikin, we will be able to offer food retailers a world-class solution to their day-to-day operational needs and provide the highest level of sustainable HVACR solutions on the market”, says Winch. Winch joined Daikin in 2016, having brought 25 years of experience in the HVACR industry and previously working for Carrier. Daniel Winch will assume full responsibility for sales and service of commercial refrigeration in 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

The SBU will provide the food retail industry with a complete portfolio of turnkey solutions that both, existing AHT key accounts and future customers, will benefit from. 


Combining expertise to drive efficiency

Since the acquisition of AHT in 2019, Daikin Group and AHT have been working on proposals to improve synergy sales of Daikin Group products in the food retail and forecourt sectors. Since it began offering commercial refrigeration solutions in 2000, Daikin has become a trusted partner to the retail industry.

AHT has decades of experience in developing, producing and selling exceptionally energy efficient freezing and cooling equipment. By combining forces, Daikin is on the way of achieving its goal of further strengthening its sales and customer service structure. 

“We are very excited about being at the forefront of the new business strategy of the Daikin Group and turning the idea of being stronger together into reality.” says Carl Lievens, Managing Director, Daikin Central Europe. Daikin is becoming a full-service provider by offering a complete range of air conditioning and refrigeration products. Martin Krutz, CEO AHT Cooling Systems, adds: “Combining the power and knowledge of Daikin and AHT will create a whole new purchasing experience for our clients that all parties involved will benefit from.”


Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe
Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe was founded in 1999 with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The company’s portfolio comprises products and solutions for heating, cooling, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Approximately 410 employees are in charge of sales and service operations in 16 countries across Central and Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Poland). 
About Daikin Europe N.V.
Daikin Europe N.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Limited and a major European producer of air conditioners, heating systems and refrigeration equipment, with approximately 6946 employees throughout Europe and major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the UK.
Globally, Daikin is renowned for its pioneering approach to product development and the unrivalled quality and versatility of its integrated solutions. With more than 90 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of heating and cooling technologies, Daikin is a market leader in heat pump technology.
About AHT Cooling Systems
With approx. 1600 employees and 4 international production facilities, Austrian based AHT is the world's leading manufacturer of commercial plug-in refrigeration and freezing systems and is supplying major supermarket and discount chains as well as ice cream and beverage manufacturers for more than 35 years with an innovative and ecologically beneficial product range. In 2019, the company was acquired by Daikin Europe N.V.
Press contact:
Miroslava Stanic
General Manager Marketing & Corporate Communications,
Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe HandelsgmbH
Tel.: 43 (0)1 – 253 21 11 - 101
Lemböckgasse 59/1/1
1230 Vienna, Austria


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