Daikin Europe N.V. has announced a 50 million Euro investment in its heat pump factory in Brno, in the Czech Republic. It will further boost the company’s European manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demand for sustainable heating solutions and contribute to the much needed energy transition.
Brussels, October 2022 – The five-fold increase in production capacity by 2025 aims to meet growing demand for heat pumps on the European market. Daikin Europe’s latest investment in Daikin Device Czech Republic will create at least 500 new jobs in the region of Brno, to be filled before 2025.
Daikin Device Czech Republic in Brno
Close to the market
The investment in the Czech Republic will go to the construction of an additional factory building and new production lines. It follows earlier investments to strengthen Daikin’s manufacturing bases in Europe, with major expansions of its plants in Belgium and Germany, along with the establishment of a new factory in Poland by 2024.
“We have always strived to develop and manufacture our products close to the markets we are serving”, says Patrick Crombez, General Manager Daikin Europe Heating and Renewables. “Today, our residential hydronic heat pumps sold in Europe are 100% designed and made in Europe, making us the leading manufacturer of hydronic heat pumps on the continent.”
Heat pump specialist
Daikin Europe has been investing heavily in heat pump technology and R&D over the last two decades. The Daikin Altherma range, launched in 2006, quickly became the market reference for residential heat pumps. Since then, Daikin has developed a broad heat pump portfolio, offering solutions for almost any application.
“As the world's only manufacturer of heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment and refrigerants, Daikin has developed advanced heat pump technology over its nearly 100-year history. The urgency to decarbonize gives us the opportunity to leverage our technological know-how and manufacturing experience and take the lead in the race to fossil fuel free heating in Europe”, says Hideki Hara, President of Daikin Device Czech Republic.
A growing company
The investment underlines Daikin Europe’s growth ambitions, which will also be accompanied by a strong growth of its workforce. Today, the company already has over 12,000 employees working in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). To achieve the ambitious targets in its strategic management plan Fusion25, the company is looking to recruit another 5,000 people by 2025.
“Daikin Europe has built a strong reputation as an attractive employer thanks to its people-centered management. This makes us confident that we will find the right people to achieve our goals, even in a tight labour market”, says Hilde Goossens, General Manager HR & General Affairs EMEA.