Southwest HVAC News
Establishes New Base in U.S. State of Texas.
Consolidates 4 U.S. factories, logistics, and marketing function.
for medium- to long-term business expansion in the HVAC market of
North America, Daikin Industries, Ltd. is establishing a new base in
the suburbs of Houston through its subsidiary Goodman (Goodman
Global Group, Inc., Headquarters: Houston, Texas, United States).
The new base is being established to integrate the four factories
that Goodman currently operates in the United States and the
logistics base. Moreover, the new base will consolidate marketing
and customer support activities to provide even greater operational
efficiencies within the company. Construction of the new base will
begin soon with base operations scheduled to start in the middle of
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Since the Goodman
acquisition in 2012, Daikin has increased business in the North
America region by utilizing the strengths of both companies.
However, greater production capacity has become essential for
achieving further growth. Together with enhancing Goodman
production facilities, the new base will showcase Daikin's
state-of-the-art production technology that is expanding to
every region of the world and aim for significant gains in
productivity to achieve nonstop creation of cost competitive
benefits include optimal logistics efficiency through the melding of
production and logistics in the integration of the logistics base
with the four factories dispersed within the United States;
inventory reduction through the sharing of components; and
significant shortening of lead-time through improved efficiency in
the delivery of finished products.
In response to the tightening of energy regulations in the North
American HVAC market, demand is rising for high efficiency in
residential-use unitary air conditioning equipment, and greater
sales of premium zone products are expected. Although sales first
began at Goodman last year for residential-use products
incorporating high-efficiency inverter technology, Goodman plans to
also aggressively launch similar products for this fiscal year.
Even in North America
where conventional ducted products have remained mainstream, the
ductless market is rapidly growing at an annual pace of more than
20%, and ductless products, such as the VRV air conditioning systems
in which Daikin excels and residential-use split type air
conditioners, are beginning to receive high acclaim for their
overwhelming energy efficiency and comfort. Market recognition of
VRV air conditioning systems is increasing with substantial growth
seen in their adoption in HVAC designs and installations for the
light commercial market that includes air conditioners for small
offices and shops.
Together with rapidly developing its business to ever-changing
customer needs and new trends in the North American market, Goodman
is striving to create innovation at the first production facility in
the world to manufacture both ducted and ductless products as it
leads the market as an HVAC manufacturer offering a full lineup
ranging from residential-use to commercial-use products.