• Daikin's global headquarters in Japan.
    Daikin's global headquarters in Japan.

Daikin is the latest air conditioning manufacturer to cease trade with Russia.

The announcement is in response to Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine where Daikin Europe has more than 1,000 employees.

Daikin joins Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic, Chemours, Johnson Controls, Viessmann, Alfa Laval and other organisations in the heating and cooling industry that have suspended business with Russia and is supporting humanitarian relief efforts.

Media in Europe have reported that the Danfoss warehouse in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv was bombed.

The warehouse, to the north of the city centre, had been closed due to the war, and some of its 91 employees moved to Poland and Romania.

The Refrigeration Association of Ukraine issued a statement calling on refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) companies to cease the supply of equipment to Russia and Belarus.

With worldwide sanctions growing in condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, chair of the association, Serhii Anashkin, said the RAC industry needs to completely interrupt supply chains to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

Anashkin said refrigeration technologies are used in missiles to cool rocket fuel, missile warheads (charges), on ships and military equipment to cool their engines and crews, combat crews, at military warehouses and weapons plants.

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