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Daikin reports strong start to 2007

Daikin reports strong start to 2007

The first quarter of 2007 was Daikin’s busiest ever in sales terms, with orders placed globally for over 9,000 of its LXE10E scroll compressor units. “Our calculations indicate that we achieved a 33% share of the market for this period,” said David Marjoram, general manager of the Refrigeration Business Unit at Itochu Europe, Daikin’s global sales partner.

“We have looked at market share again for the first five months of the year and figures provided by an independent source suggest we are still doing well, with 30% of the 46,000 machines sold,” added Marjoram. At the half-year stage, Daikin expected to have taken orders for some 13,000 units.

As well as supplying to the liner shipping industry, the company is continuing to make inroads in the container leasing market. So far this year, it has seen a take-up of over 1,000 units by the leasing sector, for companies including Carlisle Leasing. “We understand that units delivered to leasing companies have gone out to organisations including CMA CGM and MISC,” said Marjoram. In addition, Daikin has sold significant volumes direct to CMA CGM this year.

Now the second largest supplier of refrigeration machinery to the global container industry, Daikin is aiming to continue its recent growth both in volume and market share, with the target of reaching some 200,000 units in the field by 2010.