Eyeing potential growth, company changes strategy to compete with LG and Gree.

OSAKA — Daikin Industries is bolstering its supply chain for home air conditioners in Africa, recently setting up a manufacturing site in Nigeria while also preparing to produce products in Algeria.

The company had been expanding in Africa by importing its products from outside production hubs, but sensing widespread growth throughout the continent, Daikin is moving production there.

A Daikin plant in southern India. Parts to be used in Africa will be sent from the company’s plants in India. (Photo by Hisashi Iwato)