Daikin Europe is the regional headquarters of the Japanese multinational Daikin Industries for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The site in Ostend has become the international headquarters for development, production and sales.
The production site gradually expanded into the most advanced factory for air conditioning, heat pumps and cooling systems in Europe and now covers about 150,000 m². Every year dozens of new products are launched at the factory, with a short turnaround time because both development and production, and the supporting services are under the same roof. In the past years Daikin implemented its "Factory Reform Plan" in three large phases, with a focus on the key words stability, Kaizen (Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement) and team work. The efforts in the factory are indeed paying off: 30 percent more productivity on the main production line and the press department, 30 percent less stock of parts, and three weeks quicker with a fixed production plan.
Last but not least, the entire company is now immersed in a culture of "change is normal".