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Daikin's new US factory to head global expansion

AC maker watchful of Trump's policies as it pushes US production, energy standards

Daikin's new Texas factory will gather production technology from around the world.

WALLER, U.S. -- The world's largest air-conditioning manufacturer, Daikin Industries, is developing a strategy to become a truly global company, opening a $410 million Texas facility on Wednesday and a lobbying office on Friday to promote energy-efficiency standards in Washington, D.C. 

"We cannot become an excellent global company without recognizing the birthplace of air conditioners," Daikin Chairman Noriyuki Inoue emphasized at the event in Waller, Texas. The ceremony was attended by over 400 people including former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda and the former U.S. ambassador to Japan John Thomas Schieffer, a Texas native.

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