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Daikin goes all in on standard AC parts with eye to low-cost China rivals

Manufacturer takes page out of auto industry playbook to halve development time

Daikin wants to standardize core components for its air-conditioning units, just like how automakers use shared platforms across multiple models. (Photo by Kosuke Toshi)

OSAKA -- Japan's Daikin Industries will standardize core components in all of its household air-conditioning units worldwide by 2023, adopting a common practice in the auto industry in order to streamline development and production.

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