Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Can Daikin Dethrone the HVAC King?      ダイキンはHVAC世界首位に下克上できるか?

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.  Also known as HVAC, its what most of us in the 21st Century cannot live without.

And soon to dethrone the market leader Carrier, a United Technologies Company hailing from Connecticut, is none other than Osaka-based Daikin Industries.  

Originally formed in 1924, Daikin has always been a step ahead of the rest when it comes to air conditioning systems.  From its days of installing ventilation systems on submarines used during World War II, the company controls its own destiny in the commercial market and holds the second spot nationally to Panasonic for the residential market nowadays.

Seeing the need to expand internationally, Daikin established its European office in Belgium back in 1972 and now has representative offices in 26 countries situated around the globe, which has led the company to achieving its number two position globally.  

Now with the number one position within its grasp, rumors have been flying around that Daikin is a possible suitor to takeover Goodman Global, which is the second largest HVAC manufacturer in the U.S.  

With all this attention being placed on the industry, it will be interesting to see how this situation "heats" up.

HVACとはHeating、Ventilating、 Air Conditioning − すなわち冷暖房空調設備のことを指します。21世紀を生きる私たちにとって、HVACはなくてはならない存在といっても過言ではないでしょう。




世界第1位も手に届くところにあり、ちまたではダイキンが現アメリカ第2位のGoodman Global(グッドマン・グローバル)を買収し、Carrierを追い抜く日もそう遠くないだろうと噂されています。


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