CARROLLTON, Texas - Daikin Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of air conditioning systems for residential, commercial, and industrial use worldwide, has announced the establishment of Daikin AC (Americas) Inc. The headquarters for Daikin AC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Holdings (USA) Inc., will be based in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

Daikin AC said it plans to bring to North America what Daikin Industries has provided for more than 80 years: technologically and aesthetically advanced energy-efficient air conditioning systems. The company currently provides sales and sales support services to contractors and distributors within various strategic markets in the United States. Business development, training, and marketing programs are all also coordinated from the north Texas office.

"We want U.S. customers to experience what the rest of the world has been experiencing for decades," said Yoshinobu Inoue, president of Daikin AC (Americas) Inc. "Our advanced three-phase VRV® and single-phase VRV-S® air conditioning solutions are optimized for R-410A refrigerant, while offering individual comfort and control. Inverter technology is the basis behind our current and future product offering to the U.S. market."

The company believes that its product reliability and energy efficiency will create a new demand for more advanced air conditioning equipment.

Also, the company is considering the future expansion of its business in North America, including the development of its own duct-type system, matching the requirements of the North American market.

In the coming weeks, Daikin AC will formally open its national sales office and showroom at the Carrollton headquarters. Additional sales offices are being located in major cities targeting New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu, among other cities. A trade advertising campaign and enhanced visibility at industry trade shows are also on tap, said the new company.

For the time being, products sold in North America will come from Daikin Group manufacturing bases in Japan and Thailand. However, production in North America is under consideration.

Publication date: 11/14/2005