Message from the Chairman
Yuji Miyata, Chairman and President, "As 2020 is fast approaching, we all are getting ready to toast the New Year. I want to take this opportunity to extend heartfelt season’s greetings and appreciation to each business partner, dealer and distributor in the MEA region—thank you all for your kind patronage for the year 2019.
2019 was a remarkable year for us, especially in our efforts to expand our brand presence and setup--from the opening of the new MEA headquarters in Dubai and the launch of the new facility for Daikin Egypt to the inauguration of new Daikin Dealers & Distributors shops and showrooms. Rest assured that as a manufacturer, we will continuously strive to meet and exceed recognized and unrecognized customer needs, as well as reinforce our capabilities, operations and leadership in the region while also keeping true to our commitment of contributing our solutions and resources to society and the environment.
Together with you, we are looking forward to a successful 2020 where we can grow and achieve our vision & dream of becoming the leading brand in each country we operate in. Thank you for being with us through this journey. We wish you and your family, ‘Happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!’"
Message from the Vice-President
Tuna Gulenc, Vice President (MEA Sales), "Daikin Middle East & Africa has now fully developed its operations in the region--ranging from manufacturing, service provision to after market support. The move demonstrates our commitment to maintain market leadership wherever we operate while also consolidating our presence in the MEA region. In fact, following the opening of of the company’s new headquarters in JAFZA, Dubai, Tuna Gulenc, Vice President, Sales, Daikin MEA, shared that the company aims to expand its business across all segments within the HVAC-R sector. The company's growth can be attributed to the growing popularity of technology in the region--garnering stronger interest from stakeholders owing to energy-efficiency benefits, design possibilities and customer satisfaction in relation to after-sales. The company, which has established 100 factories and is sold in 150 countries around the world, is also considering opening additional facilities in the MEA region. The company believes HVAC-R is a necessity, and governments are now reducing subsidies on electrical energy which means the market is now moving to energy efficient products and companies with technologies are going to lead the trend.
Gulenc further emphasized on the company’s move to take a leadership position in the refrigeration sector, pointing to the acquisition of Italian commercial refrigeration manufacturer, Zanotti and the acquisition of AHT Cooling Systems GmbH of Austria, a European manufacturer of refrigerated display cases.
Performance wise, the company has seen a substantial increase in demand for services in the last several years, which is reflected in its expansion plans from the UAE to KSA and Egypt. The business has grown from USD 30 million to USD 300 million, and the number of employees exceeding 400 from 10 initially."