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Compressor Technique

The Compressor Technique business area provides industrial compressors, vacuum solutions, gas and process compressors and expanders, air and gas treatment equipment and air management systems. 

The business area has a global service network and innovates for sustainable productivity in the manufacturing, oil and gas, and process industries. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, the United States, China, South Korea, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. 

In 2015, Compressor Technique had 18 118 employees and revenues of MSEK 46 237.

Vision and strategy

The vision is to be First in Mind—First in Choice® as a supplier of compressed air solutions.

The strategy is to develop Atlas Copco’s market-leading position and grow the business in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially responsible. Compressor Technique will continue to make the most of its strong market presence worldwide, improve market penetration in mature and developing markets, and continuously develop products and solutions. Key strategies include expanding the service business as well as focusing on areas such as air treatment equipment, blowers, vacuum solutions, and compressor solutions for trains, ships, and hospitals. The business area is also actively looking at acquiring complementary businesses.

Market overview

Compressors are used in a wide range of applications. In industrial processes, clean, dry and oil-free air is needed in food, pharmaceutical, electronics, and textiles. Compressed air is also used for power tools in assembly operations and in applications as diverse as snow-making, fish farming, on high-speed trains, and in hospitals.

Blowers are used in applications that demand a consistent flow of low-pressure air, for example in wastewater treatment and conveying.

Gas and process compressors and expanders are supplied to various process industries, such as air separation plants, power utilities, chemical and petrochemical plants, and liquefied natural gas applications.

Vacuum solutions are required in a number of industrial applications where the pressure is required to be below atmospheric pressure and/or the environment has to be clean. Applications include manufacturing of semiconductors, flat-panel displays, chemicals and pharmaceuticals as well as packaging, pick-up and conveying.

Stationary industrial air compressors and associated air-treatment products, spare parts and service represent about 70 percent of sales. Large gas and process compressors account for about 10 percent of sales and vacuum solutions for about 20 percent of sales.

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Market position and competition

Compressor Technique has a leading market position globally in most of its operations.

Compressor Technique’s principal competitors in the market for industrial compressors and air treatment equipment are Ingersoll-Rand, Kaeser, Hitachi, Gardner Denver, Cameron, Sullair, and Parker Hannifin. There are also numerous local and regional competitors, particularly in China. In the market for gas and process compressors and expanders, the main competitors are Siemens and MAN Turbo. And in the market for vacuum solutions, the main competitors are Busch, Gardner Denver, and Pfeiffer Vacuum.