Compressor manufacturer Tecumseh has opened an office in Casablanca, Morocco, its first on the African continent.
François Bouillot, managing director, Tecumseh Europe, said the move was the beginning of a significant expansion plan in Africa and would place the business closer to its distributors and installers.
He said it was about "positioning the company as the commercial refrigeration leader in the region by building relationships with key partners."
The office will be headed by Elmouez Ben Romdhane, who has spent a decade as Africa and Turkey commercial director. Tecumseh will continue to offer a range of products including compressors, unit-coolers and traditional and outdoor condensing units.
The island of Mauritius moved a stage closer to replacing some its current air conditioning systems, which use fossils fuels for power, with a new system which uses sea water from the Indian Ocean for cooling.
The world's largest marine engineering platform, the 'Joseph Plateau', sailed into the island's capital Port Louis to begin work surveying offshore recently. The vessel is helping to introduce a new low carbon cooling system which will use cold sea water for air conditioning systems on the island.
Daikin Europe has partnered with private equity firm, BPE Partners, to start its air conditioning subsidiary in Egypt. Daikin Egypt started in August this year and the company plans to take advantage of the developing economy in the region.
A number of big construction projects are under way in Egypt, including building the New Capital City, work in the New Suez Canal Development Area, and the expansion of Cairo to the east and west of its current boundaries.
Greater Cairo's population is set to grow from 18 million now to 40 million by 2050. That growth in the need for housing, offices, retail and public facilities will mean demand for air conditioning.
The Egyptian government is encouraging foreign investment into its development. At the same time, the government is removing power subsidies which will increase demand for more efficient air conditioning systems, among other products.
Daikin aims to lever the growth in Egypt to help it develop throughout the Middle East and Africa.