Inaba denki sangyo is a Japanese leading manufacturer of installation accessories for air-conditioning and heat pump with market share of over 70% in Japan. Its initial business began in 1938 and an HVAC division (INABA DENKO) was established in 1978 which has been expanding business as pioneer on HVAC field around the world.

Inaba’s products are renowned for its high-quality, precision, functionality and durability and their primary products includes copper pipes, Lineset cover, drain hose, and piping support system.

Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company?

INABA DENKO: Even our current primary market is in Japan, we are gradually expanding abroad, to North America, Europe, ASEAN, and Oceania. This year in 2023, INABA DENKO expanded its global reach by establishing Inaba Denko America Inc. Based in Torrance, CA.

E.E: What’s the news about new products?

INABA DENKO: INABA DENKO is proud to introduce our Slimduct SD series which started as a mini-split industry pioneer and now can be used in Air to Water, package air-con, and VRF/VRV. Being trusted by contractors for over 45 years, Slimduct series ensures beautiful finish and authentic. It will be a perfect solution for concealing and protecting pipework for both internal and external with 5 colors to suit any color scheme.

E.E: What are the ranges of products?

INABA DENKO: INABA DENKO has developed a wide range of products based on its accumulated technology and experience, responding to the needs of the times. Among all the products, Lineset cover Slimduct SD series can be used in many applications not just package aircon, but also air-to-water and VRF/VRV.

E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active?

INABA DENKO: We are in the growth stage of the market, currently we have 11 distributors in 11 countries in Europe (United Kingdom, Finland, Estonia, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and France), 5 in the state,3 in Oceania, 8 in ASEAN.

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?

INABA DENKO: As you may have already known, the biggest trend in HVAC industry can be air-to-water (ATW) heat pump systems in Europe since gas and electricity costs continue to rise. The residential ATW market growth is expected to boost in the forecast, in 2021, 2million heat pump units were in operation in buildings ,3million in 2022, and it is expected to be 10million in Europe by 2030. INABA DENKO can offer a top-quality range of PVC plastic trunking and fittings that can be just perfect for ATW installation.

E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed?

INABA DENKO: In 2023, we are introducing new color Anthracite grey into color variation, they will blend in perfectly with any kind of exterior. We will exhibit them at MCE – Mostra Convegno Expocomfort in Milano.

E.E: What estimations do you have for 2023?

INABA DENKO: We will be focusing on expanding our business even further, developing new distributors in new areas, countries, working closely with existing partners to enables Inaba users to have better access to our products. We ensure hands-on local assistance and business continuity on a long-term basis. Moving forward with our expertise, we strive for further achievements in product development, distribution systems and customer relations.