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Daikin looks to change US air conditioning habits with £270 million Houston factory

Daikin has announced plans to build a $410 million (£270 million) factory campus near Houston, Texas, as part of an overall strategy to convert  US commercial customers to VRV technology.

The 27-37 hectare factories, due to begin production in 2016, would see manufacture of the Goodman ducted residential brand in one plant, alongside units for commercial customers in an adjacent plant, together with further facilities for distribution. The Houston factory will consolidate several other Goodman manufacturing sites in the US and have a projected 4,000 workforce.

When Goodman Global was purchased in 2012 for $3.7 billion, Daikin outlined four strategic objectives: provide a share of the US ducted market; add energy management features to the Goodman line; translate the Goodman lean manufacturing model to global Daikin sites; and use Goodman’s US distribution network to introduce the US market to VRV and other ‘ductless’ technology.

Daikin said the new facility, when finished, ‘will include one of the largest and most technologically advanced HVAC manufacturing facilities in the country.’

It added: “The consolidated campus will enable Daikin to manufacture in one location the full range of energy-efficient ducted residential and light commercial products, as well as various ductless products that are currently imported.”

Sam Bikman, SVP Global Supply Chain for Goodman said: “Our successful growth has fueled the need for additional manufacturing capacity. The new campus will allow us to dramatically increase our production efficiencies and enable us to continue to serve our customers better than ever before from the leading market position that we hold today. The integration of our engineering, procurement, logistics, manufacturing and marketing functions at the same location will facilitate and expedite our ability to respond proactively to customer needs.”

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