History

Over the course of its 140-year history, Atlas Copco went from a local railway construction company in Sweden to a global leader in the development of industrial solutions.

To this day, the Atlas Copco Gas and Process Division has been able to draw from the company’s engineering expertise and pioneering spirit while constantly adding to its own portfolio of products and services. This page takes you back through the illustrious history of the Atlas Copco Group in general and Atlas Copco Gas and Process in particular.

2014 — 2001

2012

The Boomer XE3 C, a high-tech hydraulic drilling rig. Precise and efficient, the Boomer is on the cutting edge of mining and rock excavation.
The Boomer XE3 C in a dark mine

2011

Atlas Copco Gas and Process acquires JC Carter Pumps.

Large JC Carter pump on a crane

2010

The first Atlas Copco Gas and Process production facility in East Asia is inaugurated in Shanghai, China.
The Atlas Copco production facility in Shanghai

2009

With the LSF12 pneumatic die grinder, this technician is constructing the nose cone of an aircraft at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
A Atlas Copco technician is constructing the nose cone of an aircraft

2008

The GT 153 air compressor, delivered to Rizhao steel mill (Yingde Gases), is the largest turbocompressor ever built by Atlas Copco Gas and Process.
An Atlas Copco worker is standing near the GT153 air compressor

2007

Atlas Copco Gas and Process acquires Mafi-Trench Company (MTC).
Atlas Copco technician with a wrench and safety goggles

2005

Atlas Copco Gas and Process introduces the compander.
An Atlas Copco worker is standing near a Atlas Copco compander

2000 — 1976

1999

Parts and Services experts oversee a mining worksite.
Two Atlas Copco experts oversee a mining worksite

1994

To broaden its line of products, Atlas Copco introduces portable generators in 1994, a complement to portable compressors.
A few Atlas Copco employees are working on portable Atlas Copco generators

1990

In 1990, Atlas Copco acquires Desoutter Brothers (Holdings) PLC, a company in the U.K. manufacturing tools and assembly systems.
Two Desoutter Brothers employees are looking at tools

1987

Chicago Pneumatic tools are used on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City in 1987.
Workers are using Chicago Pneumatic tools on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1987

1970s

Construction of the Öland bridge in southern Sweden in the 1970. It was the longest bridge in Europe at the time.
A crane is lifting Atlas Copco equipment in front of the Öland bridge in Sweden

1978

Portable compressors in use in Hong Kong in 1978
Two portable Atlas Copco compressors in use in Hong Kong

1975 — 1951

1960s

A Volkswagen plant in Brazil in the 1960s featuring Atlas Copco tools and assembly systems
A few VW Beetle in a Volkswagen plant in Brazil

1960

A Swedish service technician at work in the field in 1960.
Two Swedish service technicians are working in the field

Late 1950s

This predecessor to the Boomer was used in tunneling projects during the 1950s.
A technician is working on a tunnelling project

1955

Water-line work across from the Riddarholmskyrkan church, Stockholm, in the early 1950s.
Air compressor for jack-hammer

1953

Atlas Copco Pacific's head office in San Carlos, California, in 1953.
Technician in Atlas Copco’s Pacific’s head office

1952

Atlas Diesel's showroom at the Wembley Exhibition in 1952.
Atlas Diesel’s showroom

1950 — 1800s

1940

A stonemason uses pneumatic tools in the 1940s.
A Stonemason working on a stone sculpture with a pneumatic tool

1939

Operational rock clearance in the Swedish countryside in 1939
Operational rock clearance in the Swedish countryside

Late 1920s

The technical office at the Sickla headquarters in the early 1920s.
People drawing at Sickla headquarters

Early 1900s

The drilling machine BR-12 in use, in the early 1990's.
Worker in front of the drilling machine BR-12

Early 1900s

Atlas' tools were used in the construction of a bridge connecting Stockholm with the neighboring island Lidingö.
Two workers holding a Atlas Copco tool in front of a bridge in Stockholm

Late 1800s

Engineer Gustaf Ryd, a key driver of Atlas' development of pneumatic tools, and a colleague in the late 1800s.
Engineer Gustaf Ryd and a colleague standing next to each other