Atlas Copco History

Atlas Copco has a tradition of innovation dating back to 1873, and has been present in the UK since 1919.

Atlas Copco Group History 

On February 21, 1873, Atlas was founded in Stockholm, Sweden, as a manufacturer of products for railways.
Over 140 years later the company is an industry benchmark with world-leading positions in compressors, tools and rock drills, but also in many other product areas. Close cooperation with our customers, a constant drive to find a better way and commitment to keeping our promises have made Atlas Copco what it is today.


Atlas Copco UK History 

Atlas Copco began its international expansion at the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1919 the UK company was established, the first operation outside of Scandinavia. Today Atlas Copco Group companies employ around 1,700 people in the UK, almost three times as many as 5 years ago, following the acquisitions of Tentec (2013), Henrob (2014) and Edwards (2014).


Did you know?

Not every company has a dinosaur species officially named after it, but we have the Atlascopcosaurus Loadsi!
Nor are there many which can say that their equipment was instrumental in the first ever expedition to the South Pole or the relocation of the temples of Abu Simbel. Atlas Copco has a history of taking on challenging tasks and making them into stories of innovation, perseverance and success.


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