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Daikin Expanding Its Presence in U.S. with Hard and Soft Cap

Following an opening ceremony for Daikin’s Washington D.C. office on May 19, Daikin’s North American subsidiary Goodman Group held an opening ceremony on May 24 for its new Daikin Texas Technology Par...


A Big Stage for Technology Competition

-- CRH Expo 30th Anniversary Report China is seeing a rush of infrastructure construction nationwide including railroads, highways, and airports. According to data from the National Bureau of Statisti...


Gas & Electricity Hybrid ACs Rolling out in the Japanese Mar

On April 1, 2017, as part of energy system reforms, full liberalization of gas retailing commenced in Japan after the full liberalization of electricity, which started in April 2016. Following the adv...


LG Develops 1,100 RT Oil-free Magnetic Bearing Chiller

At HARFKO 2017 held from March 7 to 10 in Korea, LG introduced the company’s latest line-up of oil-free inverter centrifugal chillers. LG’s new oil-free magnetic bearing inverter centrifugal chiller l...


Japanese Manufacturers Accelerate Investment in Southeast As

As ASEAN economic integration deepens, new development opportunities are opening up for the manufacturing industry of Southeast Asia. According to the latest report released by the Asian Development B...


Daikin Aiming at No.1 Slot in Air Filter Market

On the heels of the acquisition of major U.S. air filter company Flanders in April 2016, Daikin acquired Dinair, a Swedish air filter manufacturer, via American Air Filter (AAF), a Daikin subsidiary i...


Relaxing Regulations, Japan Builds Momentum for Mildly Flamm

--Report of the Kobe Symposium 2016 Held once every two years and organized by the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA), the International Symposium on New Refrigerant...


Panasonic’s Passion for Building Solutions

-- New Strategic Partnership with Schneider Electric   During Chillventa held in Germany this October, Panasonic announced a global strategic partnership with Schneider Electric, the global speci...


MHI Targets Global Top in Thermal Solutions Business

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) split off its air conditioning and refrigeration (AC&R) business to its new wholly owned group company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, effective Oct...


African AC Market Begins to Shine

-- Egypt, Foothold to Surrounding Countries   The African air conditioner market remained mostly flat during a three-year period from 2012 to 2015 in which it experienced less than 5% growth fro...


Hot European Summer Spurs RAC Demand

Review of the Global AC Market in the First Half of 2016     Several regions around the world are being visited by heat waves this year. Europe is expected to have a hotter-than-usual summer...

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