Daikin Industries, Ltd. has decided to acquire land in Tsukubamirai City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, to establish a new production base for air conditioners. Today, Masanori Togawa, President and CEO for Daikin paid a courtesy visit to Kazuhiko Oigawa, Governor of Ibaraki Prefecture. In locating the new factory in the Kanto region*, the company looks to optimize domestic supply of air conditioning products in Japan as it aims for further expansion.
Currently, Daikin manufactures air conditioners and related parts in approximately 90 locations worldwide. In Japan, it has main production facilities such as the Sakai Plant (Sakai, Osaka), the Yodogawa Plant (Settsu, Osaka), and the Shiga Plant (Kusatsu, Shiga), all of which have been concentrated in the Kansai region, centering on Osaka where the company was founded.
The new plant to be built in Tsukubamirai City will be Daikin's first air conditioning plant in the Kanto region. Here it will further improve Daikin’s Monozukuri capabilities not only at the new factory, but also at the current bases, with a focus on product supply, cost competitiveness, and production technology. Additionally, a reorganization of the functions of the domestic factories, including the new base, will further advance the bases in Japan as global mother factories driving other production bases around the world.
Rather than returning production to Japan in a shift of overseas production, the new plant is purely positioned to strengthen domestic production.
*The Kanto region is an area consisting of Tokyo Metropolis and six prefectures located in eastern Japan.
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