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India builds global AC hub with subsidies luring Daikin and others

Expanding local production base, New Delhi sets sights on exports

A worker assembles an air conditioning unit at a Daikin plant in the Indian state of Rajasthan.   © Reuters

OSAKA/TOKYO -- India is establishing itself as a global center for air conditioner production, thanks largely to government incentives that have spurred expansion by companies including Daikin Industries, a top player in the South Asian country.

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