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Climbing US market rungs proves difficult for Daikin

Trump could help, or hinder, efforts to break out of fourth place

Daikin last October launched a trial run at this new plant in Texas, in preparation for the official opening in May.

TOKYO -- Daikin Industries CEO Masanori Togawa felt a "tailwind" building in early December as he watched Donald Trump speak at a plant of rival air conditioner maker Carrier.

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