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Atlas Copco finalizes formation of Chinese power tools business joint venture

August 23, 2004

Stockholm, Sweden, August 23, 2004: Atlas Copco (China) Investment Company Ltd. has finalized the acquisition of the assets of air tool manufacturer, Qingdao Qianshao Precision Machinery Corporation, in People’s Republic of China. The yearly turnover is approximately MSEK 50. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Qingdao Qianshao Precision Machinery Corporation (QQPMC), based in Qingdao, Shandong Province, is a leading producer of pneumatic tools for the industrial market as well as for the automotive aftermarket and the aerospace industry. The joint venture is in line with Atlas Copco’s overall strategy to expand its business in Asia. The new operation will become part of the Chicago Pneumatic division within the Industrial Technique business area.

A new Equity Joint Venture, CP Qianshao (Qingdao) Power Tools Ltd., has been formed. This joint venture is owned 80% by Atlas Copco (China) Investment Company Ltd and 20% by QQPMC. The company employs approximately 80 people.

At the same time, Atlas Copco (China) Investment Company Ltd. has formed a minority (25%) Equity Joint Venture with QQPMC (owning 75%) for power tools component manufacturing.