Daikin has started construction of the first heat pump factory in Lodz, Poland. The Japanese heat manufacturer is investing 300 million euros ($327.2 million) in the new plant, which is expected to start up in July 2024.
“Daikin’s new production plant is the largest foreign investment in Poland in recent years and the largest ever in the Lodz Special Economic Zone,” Polish Development Minister Waldemar Buda said at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The 320,000 square meter production facility will produce heat pumps for residential buildings and create 3,000 new jobs by 2030, Daikin said.
“The choice to build this new factory in Poland allows Daikin to take advantage of the greatest expertise in Eastern Europe and support direct job creation,” the company said. “The chosen location has many logistical advantages in terms of market access and a stable supply chain.”
In October, Daikin announced plans to increase the production capacity of heat pumps at a plant in the Czech Republic. It also expanded heat pump plants in Belgium and Germany in early 2022. The plants produce indoor and outdoor heat pump units.
Sales of heat pumps in Poland grew more in 2022 than in any other market area in Europe, 120% from the previous year.