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Japanese Daikin to build heat pump factory in Poland

Daikin Europe began the construction of its new factory for residential heat pump units in Łódź (central Poland) – with the investment valued at 300 million euros, the company announced on 4 April.

This marks the biggest foreign investment in Poland in recent years. The factory is scheduled for completion in April 2024, with operations planned to start in July later that year.

The decision to build the factory in Poland will allow Daikin to tap into the largest skilled talent pool in Central and Eastern Europe and support direct job creation, the company said. Daikin’s new investment in Łódź is expected to create 3,000 jobs by 2030.

“Daikin Europe is celebrating a momentous milestone this year: our 50th anniversary in Europe. We have been operating across Europe since starting production in 1973 at our first European factory in Ostend, Belgium. Based on our ‘Proximity Strategy’, we are locally rooted and manufacture our products close to the market. With our 300 million euro investment here in Poland, we foresee 3,000 jobs by 2030 and developing collaborations with local suppliers in Poland for many years to come,” said Masatsugu Minaka, Chairman of the Board of Daikin Europe and Senior Executive Officer of Daikin Industries.

By 2025, at least 3.5 million heat pumps are estimated to be installed each year across Europe, representing an annual growth rate of more than 30 per cent.

The new heat pump factory will follow the company’s ‘proximity strategy,’ meaning that all products sold in Europe are also developed and made in Europe to meet local needs, Daikin said. The site will manufacture the largest number of residential Daikin heat pumps in Europe, together with its existing European factories in Belgium, Czechia and Germany.

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