Daikin Industries, Ltd. is a Japan-based multinational corporation present in Japan, China, Australia, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America.
The company was founded in 1924 by Akira Yamada in Osaka, Japan. Daikin was founded as a chemical corporation, with a focus on air conditioning systems. It has since diversified its manufacturing division to take advantage of experience in fluorine chemistry. According to Salvatore Re, Daikin’s business development manager in Europe, “Fluorochem has a lot to offer this [the fiber-optics] industry. Long term, we aim to develop other materials, such as optical polymers for fibers and components.”