The estimated figures released by the Japanese Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association place China as the biggest market in the world. It’s 35.6 million units, an increase of 8.8% on 2012, represents 37.2% of the total market.
The North American market was second with 14 million units, a 4.1% increase. In third place, the Asian market, excluding Japan and China, accounted for 13.8 million units, a 5.5% increase. Japan’s market increased by 5.9% to 9.82 million units and Central and South America saw its market rise by 9.7% to 8.05 million units. Europe saw the market drop 3.8% to 6.69 million units.
Demand for residential air conditioners continued to lead the way, with sales estimated to be 6.3% up compared to 2012 at 82.9 million units. Chinese demand outpaced everyone else, increasing by 9.1% to 33.5 million units.
Demand for packaged air conditioners grew 3.7% to 12.9 million units. Largest market was North America, where sales increased 3.5% to 6.2 million units.