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Daikin Europe expands heat pump manufacturing capacity in the Czech Republic

Press release, October 2022

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.

 

Patrick Crombez, General Manager Daikin Europe Heating and Renewables
Hilde Goossens, General Manager HR & General Affairs EMEA
Hideki Hara, President of Daikin Device Czech Republic
Copyrights pictures: Daikin Europe
 
About
Daikin Europe N.V.
 
Daikin Europe N.V. is a subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. and the leading provider of heating, cooling, ventilation, air purification and refrigeration technology. The company designs, manufactures and brings to market a broad portfolio of equipment, as well as tailored-made solutions for residential, commercial and industrial purposes in Europe, Middle East and Africa. To date, Daikin Europe N.V. has over 12,000 employees across more than 59 consolidated subsidiaries. It has 12 major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Austria and the UK. The headquarters of the Daikin Europe Group are in Belgium, Ostend. The company was established in 1972, production in Europe started in 1973.
 
Total Solution provider for heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration
Daikin Europe can rely on a strong network of installers and partners across its regions thanks to nearly 50 years of innovative and energy efficient air conditioning systems business development. To date, Daikin Europe is also market leader for heat pumps in Europe and well known for the Daikin Altherma hydronic heat pumps for private heating applications, which it pioneered in 2006. With high demand for low carbon heating in Europe, these heat pumps are made in the Belgian, Czech and Germany factories in Europe. 
In recent years, Daikin Europe has added total solutions for the cold chain to its lines of business. Next to own refrigeration innovations, the company expanded its portfolio and network through several acquisitions. In 2016, Daikin Europe acquired Zanotti, an Italian manufacturer of industrial and transport refrigeration.
In 2017, Hubbard (UK) was integrated into the group, shortly followed by Tewis Smart Systems (Spain). The most recent acquisition to reinforce the full line up for retail cold chain was the global refrigeration group AHT Cooling Systems GmbH, headquartered in Austria.
 
Daikin Industries Ltd.
Daikin Industries Ltd. based in Osaka, Japan, employs around 89,000 people worldwide and achieved sales of around 23,7 billion Euro in fiscal year 2021 (April 21 – March 22). The company is the global market leader for heat pump and air conditioning systems, as well as air filtration. Daikin Industries Ltd. is the only air conditioning manufacturer in the world that develops and produces all important components such as refrigerants, compressors and electronics in-house.
 
Media contact Daikin Europe N. V.
Sofie Sap
T.:  +32 472 580482
Mail: sap.s@daikineurope.com
Daisuke Kakinaga
T.: +32 465 462 321
Mail: kakinaga.d@bxl.daikineurope.com

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