World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom


Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology


General articles, applications and industry analysis

Daikin executives receive Belgian honour

Belgium ambassador to Japan Antoine Evrard with Masanori Togawa (left) and Masatsugu Minaka

BELGIUM: Two of Daikin’s top executives have received Commander in the Order of Leopold awards by the Kingdom of Belgium.

On the proposal of the Belgian minister of foreign affairs, King Philippe, King of the Belgians granted the rank of Commander in the Order of Leopold to Masanori Togawa, president and CEO of Daikin Industries and Masatsugu Minaka, senior executive officer of Daikin Industries and chairman of the board of Daikin Europe.

The award, for individuals who have made outstanding achievements in Belgium, were presented at the Belgian Embassy in Tokyo on May 29. 

The Commander in the Order of Leopold is the highest Order awarded to foreign civilians. The Order has previously been awarded to Daikin Industries chairman Noriyuki Inoue In 2013 and to Frans Hoorelbeke, honourable senior advisor for Daikin Europe in 2017.

Daikin Europe was established in Ostend, Belgium, in 1972 and started producing air conditioners at its factory in Ostend in 1973. 

As president of Daikin, Togawa made decisions regarding business development at the Ostend factory and the decision to build the company’s new €140m R&D centre in Ghent.

Minaka was honoured for his work in Belgium for almost 30 years. He strengthened economic relations between Belgium and Japan through locally-based business activities such as the development, production, sales and servicing of the HVACR business. He was also recognised for his efforts to develop exchange between Japan and Belgium outside the company as an executive of Belgium-Japan Association and Chamber of Commerce and Nihonjinkai, the Japanese Association of Belgium.

Latest News

13th June 2024

Uzbekistan customs stop R22 equipment

UZBEKISTAN: Customs officers in the Uzbekistan capital Tashkent have stopped the importation of process chilling equipment running on banned ozone-depleting refrigerant R22.
13th June 2024

Varying refrigerant blends boosts HP flexibility

SWITZERLAND: Researchers have found that varying the composition of refrigerant mixtures can enable heat pumps to generate different temperatures from different heat sources, while increasing efficiency by up to 25%.
13th June 2024

Carrier joins US heat pump RTU challenge

USA: Carrier has joined the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Commercial Heat Pump Accelerator to develop next-generation heat pump rooftop units.
13th June 2024

Preserving CO2 charge during power outages

USA: ChargeSecure is a new charge preservation solution for CO2 refrigeration systems from Hillphoenix.
12th June 2024

Daikin breaks ground on new Tijuana facility

MEXICO: Daikin Applied and its subsidiaryAlliance Air have broken ground on a new $121m facility in Tijuana to manufacture custom HVAC and computer room air handler equipment and solutions.
12th June 2024

ASHRAE signs MoU with GSO

USA: ASHRAE has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with GSO, the standards organisation for the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Yemen.