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Chronicle of Daikin’s progress from founding in 1924 to present day.

1924
Akira Yamada founds the Osaka Kinzoku Kogyosho Limited Partnership in Osaka.
Production of aircraft radiator tubes and other products begins.
1929
Production of the Rational lubricator begins.
1933
Research on fluorine refrigerants begins.
1934

Osaka Kinzoku Kogyo Co., Ltd. is established, with the following corporate symbol:

Corporate Symbol

Trial manufacture of a methyl chloride type refrigerator succeeds. The refrigerator is named Mifujirator and production begins.
1935
Fluorocarbon synthesis succeeds. Mass production begins in 1942.
1936
The Mifujirator refrigerator is delivered to Nankai Railways for trial use as Japan's first air conditioner for trains.
Production of oil hydraulic parts for aircraft begins.
1937
Sakai Plant is established in Sakai, Osaka.
1941
Yodogawa Plant is established in Mishima (now Settsu), Osaka.
1951

Production of packaged air conditioners begins. 

1952
The Subzero cryogenic unit is developed.
1953
Daiflon fluorocarbon polymer (polychlorotri-fluoroethylene) is developed.
1955
Polyflon fluorocarbon polymer (polytetrafluoro-ethylene) is developed.
1956
A heat exchange device is installed on the Soya, an Antarctic research vessel, as a cabin heating system.
1958
Residential-use air conditioners equipped with Japan's first rotary compressor are marketed.
The heat-pump type packaged air conditioner is developed.
1960

Pumps, valves, and other oil hydraulic equipment are marketed.

1962
Production of turbo refrigerators begins.
The General Technical Research Center is established.
1963
Development of Neoflon fluorocarbon polymer (copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and hexafluoropropylene) begins. Product is successfully marketed in 1974.
Osaka Kinzoku Kogyo Co., Ltd. is renamed Daikin Kogyo Co., Ltd. (Renamed Daikin Industries, Ltd. in 1982)
1964
Cool air service by Daikin Aircon begins at J.N.R. Osaka Station. The air conditioner system is thereafter installed in major terminals.
1969
A multi-room air conditioning system with a single outdoor unit is developed.
A Freon heater is employed in an air conditioner combining heating and cooling functions.
Clark Daikin, a joint venture air conditioning sales company, is established in Australia. (Name changed to Daikin Australia Pty., Ltd. in 1980)
1970
DAI-EL fluoroelastomer is developed.
Shiga Plant is established in Kusatsu, Shiga, where full-scale production of residential room air conditioners begins.
1972
Daikin Europe N.V. is established in Ostend, Belgium. Knockdown production of air conditioners begins in 1973.
Technology for the KL Valve hydraulic multiple control valve is transferred from K.L. AG (Switzerland).
Mass production of carbon fluoride begins.
1975
DACS organic exhaust gas recovery and treatment equipment is developed.
A home air purifier is marketed.
1976
Daifree fluorocarbon mold releasing agent is developed.
The Ulala FF kerosene warm-air heater is marketed.
1978
Rinkai Factory is established in Sakai Plant as a compressor manufacturing factory.
Japan's first production of Neoflon Film fluorocarbon polymer succeeds.
1980
A.C.E. Daikin (Singapore) Pte., Ltd. is established as an air conditioning system manufacturing and sales company.
PFC-14 dry etching agent for semiconductor is developed.
1981
The world's thinnest marine container refrigeration unit is developed.
1982
Japan's first VRV system is developed (shown below).
The industry's first single-screw refrigerator is developed.
The Comtec computer graphics system is marketed.
Siam Daikin Sales Co., Ltd. is established in Bangkok, Thailand, as an air conditioning manufacturing and sales company.
Daikin Airconditioning Belgium N.V. is established in suburban Brussels as an air conditioning sales company. 

Daikin Airconditioning Belgium N.V. is established in suburban Brussels as an air conditioning system sales company. 

1983
Kashima Factory is established in Kashima, Ibaraki, to produce fluorocarbons and fluorocarbon polymers.
1984
Daikin becomes first in the world to produce a cumulative total of 1 million packaged air conditioners.
Daikin Airconditioning (Hong Kong) Ltd. is established as an air conditioning system sales company.
Buffered Hydrogen Fluoride-U etching agent for semiconductor is developed.
1985
The Triosystem, the industry's first heat-pump air conditioning and hot water supply multisystem, is developed.
A compact cryogenic helium refrigerator capable of achieving a temperature of -269 ºC (4 K) is developed.
1987
A VRV system enabling individual control for each floor is installed in the Umeda Center Building.
Mol-Graph three-dimensional molecular design software is marketed.
Headquarters are moved to the Umeda Center Building.
Daikin Airconditioning (Thailand) Ltd. is established in Chonburi, Thailand, as an air conditioning manufacturing and sales company.
1988
The first Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament is held.
1989
Comtec series three-dimensional graphics workstations are marketed under an OEM contract with Silicon Graphics Corp., U.S.A.
The industry's first ice thermal storage type multi-room air conditioning systems (EXG Series) are developed.
1990
Daikin Industries (Thailand) Ltd. is established in Thailand and begins production of air conditioners in 1991.
The MEC Laboratory is established in Tsukuba, Ibaraki.
1991
Daikin America, Inc. and MDA Manufacturing, Inc. are established in the U.S.A. as fluorocarbon polymer production and sales companies. The factory begins operation in 1994.
An HFC-134a production plant is established within Kashima Factory and begins production.
A low-noise, high-safety multilevel parking system is marketed.
1992
Lezanova fluorine-impregnated natural leather is marketed.
Daikin Chemical Europe is established in Düsseldorf, Germany, as a fluorochemicals sales company.
1993
The Charter on Global Environmental Preservation is established.
The Air Conditioning Network Service System, the industry's first 24-hour online monitoring system for business air conditioners, is developed.
Daikin Sunrise Settsu, Ltd., a joint venture formed with Osaka Prefecture and Settsu City, is established to employ people with disabilities. Operations begin in 1994.
Daikin Airconditioning France S.A. is established in Paris, France, as an air conditioning sales company.
1995
The industry's first compact room air conditioner to use a swing compressor to save energy is marketed.

Daikin America's Decatur Plant establishes a facility to produce fluorocarbon polymers for LAN wire coating.

Fluorocarbon polymers for LAN wire coating

Shanghai Daikin Yah Chong Airconditioning Co., Ltd. is established in Shanghai, China, as a joint venture company and begins production of commercial-use air conditioners in 1996.
1996
The industry's first ice thermal storage type multi-room air conditioning system that utilizes economical nighttime electricity is marketed.
The Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts is established.
The Energio Super energy-saving absorption-type water chiller/heater is developed and marketed.
Xi'an Daikin Qing'an Compressor Co., Ltd. is established in Xi'an, China, as a joint venture company.
A.C.E. Daikin (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is established in suburban Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as an air conditioning sales company.
1997
Licensing agreements for new refrigerants (R410A, 407C, 404A) are concluded with DuPont, U.S.A.
All Daikin factories in Japan (Sakai, Yodogawa, Shiga, and Kashima) acquire ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.
Huizhou Daikin Suns Airconditioning Co., Ltd. is established in Huizhou, China, as a joint venture company and begins production of water chilling units.
A VRV system employing the new R407C refrigerant that does not damage the ozone layer is developed.
Daikin Trading (Thailand) Ltd. is established in Bangkok, Thailand, as an air conditioner parts trading company.
Daikin Asia Servicing Pte., Ltd. is established in Singapore to supply service parts to the Asian region.
Daikin Fluoro Coatings (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is established and begins production of fluoro coatings in China.
1998
Room air conditioners employing the new R410A refrigerant are marketed.
Major overseas production subsidiaries acquire ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.
Daikin-Alen Airconditioning Inc. is established in Quezo, Philippines, as a joint venture company.
Daikin Airconditioning South Africa Pty., Ltd. is established in Cape Town, South Africa, as an air conditioner sales company.
The Super Inverter 60 packaged air conditioner, which uses 60% less electricity, is marketed.
Building equipment maintenance business begins.
Environmental Report 1998 is published.
Daikin Airconditioning Germany GmbH is established in Munich, Germany, as an air conditioning sales company.
1999
Daikin Airconditioning Central Europe GmbH is established in Austria as an air conditioning system sales company.
Ururu Sarara, the world's first room air conditioner capable of regulating humidity with a humidifying system having no water supply, is marketed.
Daikin becomes the industry's first company to reach production of 5 million packaged air conditioners.
Daikin concludes a comprehensive global partnership with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. in air conditioning operations.
2000
The EcoRich hybrid oil hydraulic pumps is marketed.
Immunity measurement equipment business (Evanet) is transferred.
The Matsushita-Daikin Air Conditioning Development Center is established.
The research department is split into three companies: Daikin Air Conditioning R&D Laboratory, Ltd., Daikin Systems & Solutions Laboratory, Ltd., and the Daikin Environmental Laboratory, Ltd.
Daikin-Shriram Airconditioning, Ltd. is established in New Delhi, India.
Daikin Airconditioning Spain S.A. is established in Madrid, Spain.
24-hour, 365-day after sales service system for air conditioning and refrigeration is established.
DAI-ACT research and development company is established at Daikin America.
Operation of Antsense is transferred and the ME department is abolished.

Super Inverter ZEAS, which substantially reduces the burden on the environment and overcomes the 3 environmental issues of new refrigerant, energy saving, and recycling, is marketed.

2001
Daikin Airconditioning Argentina S.A. is established in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as an air conditioning sales company.
Daikin Compressor Industries Ltd is established in Bangkok, Thailand, as a swing compressor manufacturing and sales company.
Daikin Airconditioning Poland sp. z.o.o. is established in Warsaw, Poland, as an air conditioning sales company.
The age limit for re-employing Daikin retirees is extended to 65.
Daikin Fluorochemicals (China) Co., Ltd. is established in Changshu, China.
Daikin Contact Center opens as a comprehensive customer service desk related to air conditioning (in Tokyo and Osaka).
Photo resistant fluorocarbon polymer for the manufacture of next generation semiconductors is developed.
Daikin Chemical France S.A.S. is established in suburban Lyon, France, as a fluoroelastomer manufacturing company.
Taiwan Daikin Advanced Chemicals Inc. is established in Taipei, Taiwan, as a fluorochemicals sales company.
Daikin (China) Investment Co., Ltd. is established in Beijing, China, to control all production and sales bases for air conditioning and chemical.
Daikin and the US company Sauer-Danfoss Inc. agree to establish a joint venture company for the oil hydraulic business.
Technical tie-up is formed with the US company Omnova Solutions Inc. to develop fluorine chemical products.
Daikin and the US company Sauer-Danfoss Inc. establish Daikin Sauer-Danfoss Manufacturing, Ltd. as a manufacturing joint venture company and Sauer-Danfoss-Daikin, Ltd. as a sales joint venture company for mobile oil hydraulic business.
Daikin and the US company Trane agree to establish a global strategic tie-up for the air conditioning business.
All mechanical departments achieve zero waste when mechanical department of Yodogawa Plant achieves it .
2002
Achieved zero waste of resources at all mechanical departments.
EcoCute, a natural refrigerant (CO2) heat pump type water heater, is marketed.
Nationwide development of fluorocarbon recovery and destruction business begins.
The 11th Annual Grand Prize for the Global Environment is given by the Nikkan Kogyou Shimbun.
The headquarters of Daikin Airconditioning Italy S.r.l. is established in Milano and its branch office is established in Rome.
Conveni-Pack ZEAS-AC, industry’s first integrated system for refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning, is developed.

Our Group Philosophy is established.

2003
Daikin Air-Conditioning Technology Co., Ltd. starts business in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou as industry’s first wholly foreign-owned service company in China.
Daikin Industries Czech Republic s.r.o. is established in Pilsen, Czech Republic, as a production base for air conditioning equipment.
Corporate Ethics Committee and Corporate Ethics Department are established.
Daikin Airconditioning UK Ltd. is established in the UK.
The Ve-up Q Series, VRV for replacement needs, is marketed.
Daikin Air Conditioning (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Daikin Central Airconditioning (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. are established in Shanghai, China, as a production base for air conditioning equipment.
Daikin has achieved top market share of residential air conditioners throughout the fiscal year of 2003.
Shiga Plant has achieved a production total of 15 million room air conditioners.
Titanium apatite photocatalyst filter is developed and commercialized for the first time in the world.
Tsinghua University in China and Daikin form a tie-up to develop air conditioning technology and establish the Tsinghua-Daikin R&D Center at Tsinghua University as an R&D base in China.
Daikin Device (Suzhou) Co., Ltd is established in Suzhou, China as a production base for compressors of air conditioners.
The technology for an egg antibody bio filter, which captures influenza virus in the air, is developed.
2004
Conveni-Pack ZEAS-AC wins the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, which is the top honor among the Energy Conservation Grand Award.
Nationwide development of fluorocarbon recovery and destruction business begins.

UX Series, a wall-mounted inverter type air conditioner with slim and compact design, is marketed.

Super Unit oil hydraulic equipment wins the Japan Machinery Federation’s Chairman Award for an excellent energy conservation machinery.
Group companies in Japan acquire integrated ISO 14001 certification for the environment.
The executive officer system is introduced.
Daikin Applied Systems Co, Ltd. is established to manufacture and sell central air conditioning equipment and provide design, installation, sales, and service of air conditioning and refrigerant systems.
Daikin Motor (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., is established in Suzhou, China, as a joint venture company with Matsushita Electrical Industrial Co., Ltd. to produce and sell compressor motors for air conditioners.
Commemorative project for the 80th anniversary of Daikin's foundation is launched.

A new corporate symbol is established for common use among the Daikin Group. worldwide.

Corporate symbol

The share unit amount is reduced to 100 shares.
Daikin Device Czech Republic s.r.o. is established in Brno, Czech Republic, as a production base of compressors for air conditioners.
Daikin Airconditioning Portugal S.A. is established in Lisbon, Portugal, as an air conditioning sales company.
2005
Ururu Sarara F Series featuring a temperature control for comfortable sleep is marketed.
Solutions Plaza Shanghai opens in Shanghai, China, as China's first large-scale showroom specialized for air conditioners.
Collaboration agreement is concluded with US Dow Corning Corporation in the exploration of new areas of fluorosilicone chemistry.
The Moscow Office opens in Russia.
Business tie-up agreement is concluded with Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd in the field of gas heat pump type air-conditioning (GHP).
Daikin Environmental Laboratory, Ltd. and Daikin Air Conditioning R&D Laboratory Ltd. are integrated to establish Daikin Air-Conditioning and Environmental Laboratory, Ltd.
The CSR Committee and the CSR Department is established to promote CSR activities of the entire Group.
A holding company Daikin Holdings (USA), Inc. and an air conditioning sales company Daikin AC (Americas), Inc. are established in the United States.
2006
The Environment Readiness Section is established in Daikin Europe N.V. to take an environmental leadership in Europe.
Fusion 10, a mid- to long-term strategic management plan, is formulated aiming to maximize corporate value and become a truly global excellent company.
Oil hydraulic multi-level parking system business is transferred.
The major global air-conditioning manufacturer OYL Industries (Malaysia) is acquired aiming to become the No.1 air-conditioning manufacturer.
Daikin Airconditioning Greece S.A. is established in Athens, Greece.
CSR Report is first published to introduce the Daikin Group's unique CSR activities.
Daikin Air-conditioning Systems (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is certificated as a vocational training site for physically challenged persons in Shanghai, a first for a foreign-affiliated manufacturer in China.
Four production bases in China including Shanghai Daikin Air-conditioning, Daikin Air-conditioning Systems (Shanghai), Daikin Central Air-conditioning (Shanghai) and Daikin Central Air-conditioning (Huizhou) are integrated to establish Daikin Air-conditioning (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Refrigeration Business Department is established aiming for global development of the refrigeration (cooling and freezing) business.
Daikin Rexxam Electronics, Co. Ltd is established as a joint venture company to develop, produce and sell electronic devices related to air conditioning.
2007
Turkey Office is established in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey.
Daikin Airconditioning Netherlands B.V. is established in Schiedam, Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Clear Force air purifier with industry’s first full-fledged humidifying and dehumidifying features is marketed.

A water-based fluoropolymer coating material with superior anti-stain and weather resistance properties is jointly developed with LANXESS Deutschland GmbH.
DESICA, industry’s first air treatment unit for controlling humidity without water piping, is marketed.
A company for production and sale of hydrofluoric acid is established with China Centralfluoro Industries Group Co., Ltd.
A joint venture company is established in China with French company Arkema Incorporated to market new refrigerant for air conditioners.
Daikin Refrigeration (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. is established in China for the production of marine container refrigeration units.
Ladies professional golfer Shinobu Moromizato signs endorsement contract with Daikin
2008
Commemorative campaign is conducted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Daikin room air conditioner.
Air Conditioning Network Service System II, a remote monitoring system for air conditioners, begins.
Daikin Airconditioning Korea Co., Ltd. is established.
German heating manufacturer Rotex Heating Systems GmbH is acquired.
Daikin MR Engineering Co.,Ltd. starts operation.
Daikin becomes first in the air conditioning industry to be endorsed as Eco First Company.
The remote energy-saving tuning service wins the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award in Eco Product Award.

Daikin and Gree Electric Appliances agree to establish a joint venture company.

Signing ceremony

Daikin Human Support Co., Ltd. is merged.
2009
Hexagon Module Chiller for buildings and factories is marketed.
Commemorative campaign "Pichonkun Car Goes on a Eco Road Trip" is conducted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pichonkun's debut.
Development and testing facility is established at the Daikin McQuay Applied Development Center in the United States.
Established Daikin McQuay Solutions Plaza in the New York metropolitan area.
A new factory is established at Daikin Sunrise Settsu Co., Ltd.
Residential heat pump hot water heater is marketed for the Chinese market.
Japan's major air filter company Nippon Muki Co., Ltd. is acquired.
ZEFFLE Infrared Reflective Coating, a coating using 4-fluoro type fluoropolymer coatings, wins the energy award in Lloyd's List Global Awards 2009.
Water-cooled VRV units are delivered to 2010 FIFA World CupTM stadiums in South Africa.

Ururu Sarara (R Series) air conditioner featuring the world's first 4-directional airflow (up, down, left, and right) is marketed.

Air conditioner featuring the world's first 4-directional airflow is marketed.

The ZEAS Refrigeration Condensing Unit for deep freezing applications is marketed.
Flash Streamer Antibacterial Unit for Buses is developed as first application of Flash Streamer technology.
2010
Eco-ZEAS80 energy-saving inverter type air conditioner is marketed.
Daikin/Arkema joint venture company starts production of new refrigerant in China.
Daikin McQuay Solutions Plaza is established in the New York, U.S.A.
to exhibit cutting-edge, large-scale air conditioning equipment
Three local sales subsidiaries of Oil Hydraulic machineries are integrated into "Daikin Hydraulic Engineering Co., LTD.'"
Daikin Europe begins a cross-border academic-industry cooperation project to construct Net Zero Energy Office, which has net zero energy use, in Germany.
Daikin Altherma for apartment buildings and collective housing, an air-to-water heat pump system for heating, cooling, and domestic hot water, is marketed for the European market.

Commercial-use air purifier equipped with flash streamer is marketed.

Commercial use Air Purifier

Daikin and Nippon Valqua form capital alliance for fluoropolymer business in China
2011
Air conditioning sales subsidiaries in Japan are reorganized to establish a subsidiary specializing in sales for mass retailers.
Daikin Air Survey Team, which verifies simple customer concerns, is formed.
Miharimo power saver controller and Soine sleep time controller are marketed.
DESICA, commercial-use air treatment unit for controlling humidity, wins Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Invention Award at the National Commendation for Invention
Turkish heating and air conditioning manufacturer Airfel is acquired.
Agreement is conducted with the Shiretoko Nature Foundation and Towns of Shari and Rausu to support environmental protection on the Shiretoko Peninsula
Daikin becomes first Japanese company awarded "Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award" by the AARP (former the American Association of Retired Persons.)
ZESTIA marine container refrigeration unit is marketed.

Daikin opens a new solutions plaza Fuha: Tokyo.

Solutions Plaza Fuha

Daikin's largest air conditioning production base is established in Suzhou, China.
2012
ZEAS series featuring the world's first all aluminum constructed "microchannel heat exchanger“ is marketed.
RakuAir, the first residential air conditioner in Japan to use design psychology in development, is marketed.
Daikin is adopted by METI as Manager to Promote the Introduction of an Energy Management System (BEMS aggregator).
PT. Daikin Airconditioning Indonesia is established.

The major American residential use air conditioner company Goodman is acquired to build a solid base for positioning Daikin as the leading company in the global air conditioner market.

Press conference

Urusara 7 (Ururu Sarara R series) featuring the world's first adoption of the next generation refrigerant HFC32 in a residential air conditioner is marketed.
Daikin-Sauer-Danfoss Ltd., which performs all activities of product development, manufacturing, and sales of oil hydraulic equipment used in construction machinery, is established.
DESICA HOME AIR, a residential use control unit for humidity and ventilation of an entire building, is marketed.

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