Open Innovation

Innovation happens faster, together. Whether it's hosting our new annual Daikin Environmental forum, joining forces with academia on joint research, or forming co-creation platforms, we are committed to collaborating on innovation.

Partnership with Universities

Daikin has become partners with numerous universities to innovate future technologies and businesses.

Daikin UMD Lab

Daikin opened “Daikin Energy Innovation Laboratory” in University of Maryland in 2019 to conduct joint research.

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Tokyo University Start-up

Daikin has partnered with Tokyo University to create new value of air to the society and solve social issues.

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Industry-Academia Collaboration

Daikin collaborates with Kyoto, Osaka, Kansai University and Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, as well as Tsinghua University in China which established the Tsinghua University-Daikin R&D Center.

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Daikin Open Innovation Activities


Air Tech Boot Camp

Daikin and Samurai Incubate Inc. launched the “AirTech BootCamp” ideathon with start-up companies to solve problems in air and space.


Daikin Launch X

Innovation platform to create new products with consumers, such as Portable AC and the Deodorization machine.



Cresnect is a co-creation platform that utilizes data collected by air conditioning systems to create new values and services of air and space. Daikin created this platform to work with external partners to realize the future working space.



Konwakai, translated from Japanese as a “friendly discussion,” is Daikin’s premier event. The forum brings together Daikin representatives, a small group of roughly ten experts on HVAC-related fields, and special guests to exchange information and discuss the future of the HVAC industry.

Recent Investments

Additional capabilities at Decatur, AL production facility

$ 195 M

New production facility and showroom in Faribault, MN

$ 40 M

State-of-the-art business campus in Houston, TX

$ 417 M

R-32 Patent Pledge

Given the urgent need to address climate change, Daikin has been offering free access to these patents in emerging markets since 2011 to accelerate the phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants, such as R-22.