Brussels, 11th of May 2021 - Daikin Europe Group closes its 2020 financial year with sustainable sales growth, despite Covid pandemic
- Sales growth supported by sharp rise in demand for residential heating and cooling applications, especially in North-West Europe linked to work-at-home situation.
- Heating business performance positively impacted by the need for transition to green homes.
- In function of its vision to become fully carbon neutral by 2050, Daikin is accelerating the investments in its R&D center in Belgium
Growth despite the Covid pandemic
Daikin Europe Group is active in the air conditioning, heating, ventilation and refrigeration business for the European, Middle East and African territory. In the financial year (April-March) 2020, the Group’s turnover reached 3,45 billion Euro, a 2,2% growth compared to the year before.
Due to the Covid lockdowns, Daikin experienced difficulties in the different commercial market segment, especially hotels and restaurants, retail and offices. Premises were closed and projects stalled all over EMEA. However there was a strong demand for HVAC solutions in residential applications, and green home renovations with heat pumps replacing traditional boilers. Even in Italy, that was hit hard by the Covid crisis, Daikin managed to achieve positive growth, partly attributed to government incentives to promote heat pumps. Particular good results were noted in the Benelux, France and Germany.
Faced with the Covid crisis, Daikin Europe and its large network of subsidiaries demonstrated its capacity to adapt. Thanks to its large local production base – 85% of the sales for Europe is produced in Europe – Daikin was able to shift production capacity and make sure supply could meet demand. Factories’ work stations were quickly adapted to maintain production in a safe way. For the Ostend plant, this meant that production was interrupted for only two days, before reopening in a safe way. Daikin’s factory in the severely hit Lombardian region in Italy had to close only during the government enforced 10 working days, after which it kept Covid fully out of the workplace.
In 2020, also Daikin’s network of commercial equipment installers was swiftly redeployed to residential installation work, creating more capacity of installation than in normal years for the residential segment.
Following concerns for indoor air quality with the general public, Daikin Europe saw a very strong increase in sales of air purifiers. Worries about the HVAC systems spreading corona were quickly debunked and did not impact our market. Knowing that good HVAC systems are part of the solution to create healthier indoor air quality in public spaces, Daikin expects further market growth in this segment.
Ambitions for the future are high
While the residential segment is expected to remain strong, even after the Covid pandemic, Daikin will look to develop its strengths as a provider of total air solutions. This is true for all segments in the building industry, from individual homes to district heating networks.
After years of accelerated investments in its R&D function, Daikin Europe is now planning a major leap forward with a large investment in its R&D centre in Belgium. The aim is to grow the number of R&D engineers from 220 today to 380 in 2025. Daikin Europe is to become Daikin Industries’ global centre of expertise for low carbon heating solutions, with a big focus on heat pump technology. 2021 marks the start of the construction works for Daikin’s new R&D centre in Ghent. As of end 2023 it will house the full R&D centre.
Daikin Europe’s EMEA HQ and its Belgian sales company will have 111 new positions to fill in 2021 to support the growth ambitions in all its business pillars. These jobs are not only in R&D, but also in business development and supporting functions such as Supply chain, HR and IT. It shows our confidence and commitment to Belgium as a basis for the future expansion of the group.
This morning Daikin Industries Ltd. announced the group’s annual results in Japan. Along with the results, it was announced that 3 key members of the EMEA Group's Board of Directors will change roles. At the end of June 2021, Mr Frans Hoorelbeke, Director since 1991 and Chairman, will lay down both roles and become Honorable Senior Advisor for Daikin. At the same time, Mr Masatsugu Minaka, currently President of Daikin Europe N.V., will assume the role of Chairman of the Board. Finally, Mr Toshitaka Tsubouchi, current Vice President Sales at Daikin Europe N.V., will become Daikin Europe’s new President.
We care for the air. We deploy our years of experience in air conditioning and our passion for innovative technologies to make the air that we live in the best possible air. And we want to do that while caring for the environment and protecting future generations. By 2050 Daikin aims to be carbon neutral in all its actions and the products and solutions it sells. That is our mission at Daikin.
Daikin Europe N.V.
Daikin Europe N.V. is a subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. and a major European producer of air conditioners, heat pumps and refrigeration equipment, with approximately 13.000 employees across 24 EMEA affiliates. It has 14 major manufacturing facilities based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Austria and the UK.
The headquarters of the Daikin Europe Group are in Belgium, with offices in Ostend, Ghent and Brussels. The company was established in 1973. To date (May 2021) Daikin employs 2.171 employees on Belgian territory.
Market leader for heat pump technology in Europe
With over 90 years of experience in the heating and air conditioning industry, Daikin is the market leader in heat pump technology. The company is well known for the Daikin VRV for commercial applications and the Daikin Altherma series for private heating applications. Over 85% of the devices for the European market are also produced in Europe.
Total HVAC and Refrigeration Solution provider
In recent years, Daikin has complemented its product portfolio and greatly expanded its market presence in Europe in heating technology, as well as commercial and industrial refrigeration. In 2016, Daikin Europe N.V. acquired Zanotti S.p.A., the Italian manufacturer of industrial and transport refrigeration. In February 2018, Tewis Smart Systems S.L. joined the group. It is one of the leading companies in Spain for standardized and customer-specific refrigeration solutions, including CO2 solutions. At the beginning of 2019, Daikin Europe N.V. acquired the Austrian refrigeration company AHT.
About Daikin Industries Ltd.
Daikin Industries Ltd. based in Osaka, Japan, employs around 80,000 people worldwide and achieved sales of around 21,1 billion euros in financial year 2019. The company is the global market leader for heat pump and air conditioning systems, as well as air filtration. Daikin Industries Ltd. is the only air conditioning manufacturer in the world that develops and produces all important components such as refrigerants, compressors and electronics in-house.