Daikin History

Founded in 1969, Daikin Australia has been providing air conditioned comfort for homes, commercial developments and community projects across Australia and New Zealand for over 40 years.

As a world leader in air conditioning technology and Japan's largest air conditioning manufacturer, Daikin has invested billions of dollars in research and development in the fields of mechanics, electronics and chemistry over the years.

Here is our story:

  • 1969 Established as Clark Daikin Pty Ltd, selling water-cooled packaged air conditioners
  • 1979 Began importing and selling cool-only single split type air conditioners
  • 1980 Clark Daikin Pty Ltd changed name to Daikin Australia Pty Limited
  • 1982 Began local production of Comfortzone and Ducted Fan Coil Units
  • 1983 Completion of office and warehouse complex in Sydney
  • 1989 Began construction of office and warehouse complex in Brisbane. Celebrated 20 years of Daikin in Australia
  • 1990 Brisbane office and warehouse opened
  • 1993 Commenced operations in Auckland, New Zealand. Opened a Daikin branch in South Australia
  • 1994 Celebrated twenty five years of Daikin in Australia
  • 1995 Introduced ISO9002 standards (transferred to ISO9001)
  • 1997 Launched Daikin inverter wall split air conditioners in Australia
  • 1998 Expanded the Sydney factory to 1,800m²
  • 1999 Celebrated thirty years of Daikin in Australia
  • 2000 Daikin Australia's first TV advertisement premieres during the Sydney Olympics
  • 2001 Western Australia branch opens
  • 2002 Daikin Australia launches the Inverter ducted air conditioning range - an industry first! 
  • 2004 Department of Design & Development established. First development models under Daikin design standard, FDY200/250L, launched
  • 2005 More land acquired to commence construction of a new, energy efficient head office building at Chipping Norton
  • 2006 Daikin obtained ISO14001 certifcation
  • 2007 Acquired the McQuay brand.  Opening of Daikin's first full-scale manufacturing facility at Chipping Norton
  • 2008 Completion of new energy efficient head office building at Chipping Norton
  • 2009 Celebrated forty years of Daikin in Australia
Clark Daikin established in 1969

1969 Head Office at time of foundation

Daikin moves to Chipping Norton, 1983

1983 Daikin moves to current location in Chipping Norton

New Daikin Head Office building opens 2008

2008 Opening of new energy efficient Head Office in Chipping Norton