Atlas Copco, recognised as one of the worlds most innovative and sustainable companies, today celebrates 140 years of industrial excellence with a range of activities in the more than 90 countries where it has its own operations.

Celebrating 140 years is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen customer focus and relations further, to translate our values into daily activities, and to capture synergies, says Bernie Hanaray, vice president, Atlas Copco South Africa. It is a great occasion to create pride among employees and to engender enthusiasm about future opportunities. Our history guarantees long-term industrial experience as well as innovative products and solutions to current and new customers, to suppliers as well as to current and future employees.

Also marking the 140-years since the companys 1873 foundation, Atlas Copco’s president and CEO Ronnie Leten today rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York.

Atlas Copco, the biggest industrial company by market capitalisation in Europes Nordic region, is listed on NASDAQ-OMX in Stockholm, Sweden, where the companys primary head office is based.

Other events around the world today include the inauguration of a new compressor manufacturing plant near Pune, India, a donation of KUSD 60 (KSEK 390) to safe drinking water projects from Atlas Copco’s Water for All organisation in the US, and several customer events in Australia.

A podcast with an exciting audio history of this industrial icon is available for download on On the history section there is also a new e-book describing some of Atlas Copcos many achievements during the past 140 years.

Atlas Copco develops and supplies machinery such as rock drills, power tools, construction equipment and compressors to customers in industries spanning from automotive, mining and road construction to aerospace, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals.

Last month, Atlas Copco earned a spot on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world list, the most prestigious corporate sustainability ranking. The Global 100 recognised Atlas Copco for its commitment to sustainable productivity and its work and achievements of doing more with less.

Atlas Copcos long history is filled with cutting-edge product innovations. Highlights include introducing the first light rock drills in 1905, manufacturing the first portable air compressor that same year, introducing the worlds first serial-produced hydraulic breakers in 1966, and launching new error-proof and low-energy tightening tools.

Atlas Copco has steadily expanded its global presence. Its established own operations for example in Kenya 1936, in the United States 1950 and in India 1960, and last year added seven countries including Senegal and Tanzania. Atlas Copco now operates in more than 170 countries.

In 2013 Atlas Copco, ranked as one of the most innovative and sustainable companies in the world.

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