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Atlas Copco's History
Atlas Copco started as a company in 1873 in Stockholm, manufacturing rolling stocks for the railways. The name of the company was Atlas AB. To make this equipment, they were using pneumatic hammers imported from the United States.
In 1890s, the demand for railway stocks declined sharply and Atlas took up the manufacturing of machine tools. In the years to follow, Atlas developed a range of air tools mainly for drilling and grinding. A special department for rock drills was formed in 1901 and the first compressors were made in 1904.
In 1904 Atlas Copco manufactured its first Compressor, and in 1907 its first Portable Air Compressor.
In 1917, Atlas merged with A.B. Diesel Motorer who was making diesel engines under license by Rudolph Diesel. The name was then changed to Atlas Diesel. Atlas Diesel developed further the pneumatic section and also the diesel engine section by making diesel engines for ships and trains
In 1948, they sold the diesel section and concentrated themselves totally on the pneumatic section. Shortly after, the name Atlas Copco became the trademark. Copco means "COmpagnie Pneumatique COmmerciale".
Atlas Copco was established in Canada in 1949 in Thunder Bay, Ontario as the company’s oldest overseas subsidiary. Its sole products in Canada at the time were related to the mining industry in Northern Ontario, and quickly branched out across the country becoming a fixture on the Canadian manufacturing scene.
Today, Atlas Copco specializes in three core business areas - compressors & generators, construction & mining, and industrial technology - supplying Canada with optimum air-powered and electric products for a broad customer and application base