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Proud winners honoured at the Daikin Service Games Central Europe 2023

Press release, May 2023

In spring 2023, the leading provider of heating, cooling, ventilation, air purification and refrigeration solutions hosted the second edition of the Daikin Service Games Central Europe. More than 280 service technicians from 16 CE countries competed both in theory and practice. 

Vienna, Budapest, May 2023 – More than 280 highly motivated and experienced Daikin DX service technicians from 16 CE countries participated in an online pre-selection to demonstrate their knowledge by answering 60 challenging questions about technology, customer service and work safety within 60 minutes. In May, the 33 most successful candidates were invited to the final of the Daikin Service Games Central Europe 2023 in Budapest, where they proved their skills in three rounds of a theoretical, troubleshooting and brazing competition. A jury consisting of representatives of Daikin Industries from Japan, Daikin Europe from Belgium as well as Daikin Central Europe chose the best Daikin service technicians. 

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Proud winners of the Daikin Service Games Central Europe 2023 and Daikin representatives



High levels of competence and skill 

“We congratulate the winners of the Daikin Service Games Central Europe 2023. In this exciting competition, all 33 finalists displayed a high level of competence and we thank everyone who took up the challenge. It was impressive to see the best Daikin service technicians of Central Europe put their knowledge into practice,” said Balazs Zuggo, Managing Director of Daikin Hungary, who hosted the international competition in Budapest.

“The Daikin Service Games is unique in our industry. It allows participants to explore their passion for technology, learn from each other and discover new strengths,” said Igor Skelin, General Manager of the Strategic Business Unit Total Solutions at Daikin Central Europe. The overall winners of the final round will be invited to the international Daikin Europe Service Games 2023 in Belgium and have the chance to participate in the Global Daikin Service Games 2024 in Japan.


The winners of the Daikin Service Games Central Europe 2023

  • 1st place: Christian Hiendler (Kloiber Kühlung GmbH, Austria)
  • 2nd place: Gašper Lampe Pregelj (KLIMAIN Servis d.o.o, Slovenia)
  • 3rd place : Lukasz Kot (Daikin Poland)


HVAC-R service technicians, a future-fit profession

“With the growing need for energy-efficient heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration solutions for residential, commercial and industrial buildings in Europe, experienced service technicians are a sought-after profession in the HVAC-R industry. Their technical knowledge of a wide range of applications of sustainable heating and cooling systems is constantly evolving with new Daikin innovations and the complex requirements of all kinds of buildings – be it private homes, retail shops or thousand-square-meter manufacturing facilities,” said Carl Lievens, Managing Director of Daikin Central Europe responsible for 16 countries.

Growing need for service experts

“The Daikin Service Games Central Europe spark the interest of young and experienced professionals for a promising career as service technicians among our future-oriented industry,” Skelin added. In fiscal year 2023, Daikin Central Europe will expand the regional service teams by more than 55 service experts. Together with service technicians from Daikin partners, they are regularly trained in 10 training centers in the CE region and further develop their skills in the Daikin Service Academy. In doing so, the premium brand guarantees commercial customers and consumers the highest quality of service in the installation, maintenance and performance of Daikin solutions during their entire service life. High quality service extends the lifetime of units and systems, increases their energy-efficiency, and lowers operational costs.

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Daikin Service Games Central Europe

Every four years, Daikin Central Europe searches for the best service technicians in 16 Central and Eastern European countries as part of the international Daikin Service Games Central Europe competition. After a challenging online pre-selection test in which 60 questions on technology, customer service and work safety must be answered within 60 minutes, the three best by participating country are nominated as finalists. At the final round of the Daikin Service Games Central Europe, they compete against each other in theory and practice. A jury evaluates their performance and selects the best service technicians in Central Europe.

The CO2 emissions caused by travel of the participants in Europe, from and to Japan and the Middle East to the Daikin Service Games have been bounded thanks to the cooperation with the non-profit organizations Blue Life and Worldview International Foundation by restoring mangrove forests.


Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe

Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe was founded in 1999 with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, as a subsidiary of Daikin Europe N.V. The company's portfolio comprises products and solutions for heating, cooling, ventilation, air purification and refrigeration. More than 700 employees and 2,500 partners are responsible for sales and service activities in 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Austria, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia). With Your Daikin World at the Vienna headquarters, the HVAC-R industry and the construction sector have access to a modern experience center for co-creating tailor-made solutions for hotels, retail, offices, and large commercial applications. It also includes one out of nine training centers in the region of Daikin Central Europe. 


Media contact Daikin Central Europe

Doris Passler
Corporate Communications Central Europe
Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe HandelsgmbH
Lemböckgasse 59/1/1, 1230 Vienna, Austria
T: +43 (0) 664 24 56 444

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