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Daikin Fluorochemicals
80-Year History and Evolution

In 1933, Daikin Industries became the first Japanese company to research fluorocarbon refrigerants (fluorochemicals). Leveraging its more than 80 years of experience in fluorochemicals, Daikin began sale of DAI-EL in 1970 and now has acquired nearly half a century of sales experience. Starting with results in industrial applications centered mainly in the automotive field, Daikin has continued to refine DAI-El by responding to customer needs for development of material with suppleness in tactile sensation.

  • 1924
    Osaka Kinzoku Kogyosho Limited Partnership was established.
  • 1933
    Research begins into fluorocarbons.
  • 1934
    Osaka Kinzoku Kogyo Co., Ltd., is established.
  • 1942
    Production of fluorocarbon gas begins at the Yodogawa Plant.
  • 1953
    The fluoropolymer NEOFLON PCTFE is developed and marketed.
  • 1953
    The fluoropolymer POLYFLON PTFE is developed and marketed.
  • 1963
    The company name changes to Daikin Industries Co., Ltd., and the name of the fluoropolymer NEOFLON PCTFE is changed to NEOFLON FEP and marketed.
  • 1970
    Fluoroelastomer DAI-EL is marketed.
  • 1976
    Mold releasing agent DAIFREE is marketed
  • 1983
    Daikin builds the Kashima Factory (currently known as the Kashima Plant).
  • 1991
    Daikin establishes Daikin America Inc.
  • 1992
    Daikin establishes Daikin Chemical Europe GmbH.
  • 1994
    Operations begin at the Decatur Plant.
  • 1997
    Daikin Fluoro Coatings (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., is established.
    Production begins for alternative refrigerant HFC-32.
  • 1998
    Daikin Chemical Netherlands B.V. is established.
  • 2001
    Daikin Fluorochemicals (China) Co., Ltd., is established.
    Daikin Chemical France S.A.S., is established.
    Taiwan Daikin Advanced Chemicals Co., Ltd., is established.
  • 2002
    The world’s first fluoropolymer with adhesive property called NEOFLON EFEP is developed and marketed.
  • 2003
    A water and oil repellant for stone material called FTONE is marketed.
  • 2004
    Daikin acquires American compounding company Cri-Tech Inc.
  • 2012
    Daikin Korea Co., Ltd., is established.
  • 2015
    The Technology and Innovation Center is established.
  • 2016
    The Chemical Research & Development Center (China) is established.