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Japan's air conditioner makers boosting production in Asia

Mitsubishi, Fujitsu see edge in affordable, energy-efficient units on rising demand

TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers of air conditioners are expanding and enhancing production and marketing operations in Asia, rushing to cater to growing local demand.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Fujitsu General will spend 2 billion to 3 billion yen ($17.3 million to $25.9 million) to ramp up production in Thailand, while Mitsubishi Electric is enlarging its sales networks in India and Southeast Asia.

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