TOKYO – Amid the recent heat wave, Japan’s government urged citizens to turn on the air conditioning to avoid heatstroke and turn off the lights to avoid overloading the power grid.
The temperature here peaked at just over 40 degrees – nothing like the 46 degrees recorded in Portugal – but Japan’s high humidity makes it feel even hotter.
In this “new normal” environment, Daikin – the world’s top maker of air conditioners, has taken steps to deal with climate change, the high cost of energy and supply chain risk while at the same time increasing its global market share.
According to market research organization Deallab, Daikin ranked 1st in the fragmented global market for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in 2021 with a revenue-based market share of 12.3%.
It was followed by China’s Midea Group with 11.3% and Gree Electric Appliances with 10.5%, Ireland-domiciled Trane Technologies with 7.1% and Carrier of the US with 5.7%.