On Thursday, February 20th, Consul-General Nozomu Takaoka attended a ceremony and reception at the Daikin North America LLC Factory in Houston. The event celebrated the first VRV air heat pump produced in North America. This achievement was reached after only four short months, faster than the development of similar products at facilities located in other parts of the world. The assembly line that facilitated this production created 250 more jobs, and plans to export to Central American countries including Mexico as well as cater to the domestic market for cooling units.
Daikin’s Variable Refrigerant Volume Air Conditioning systems, or VRV, are widely used in Japan and Europe, and are now set for growth in the North American markets. The VRV heat pumps are highly adept units that simultaneously cool and heat facilities while conserving energy. VRV systems have helped make great strides towards strengthening energy conservation and decreasing harmful HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) throughout the world.
Daikin is the number one air conditioner producer in the world. The Consul General expressed his admiration to the leadership at Daikin, and said he was very glad that the company’s Houston base was able to bring the VRV production to our community. The Consul General is confident the company’s presence in Houston will contribute immensely to the local community through the creation of jobs and through the many opportunities to export to neighboring countries.