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Industrial Technique

The Industrial Technique business area provides industrial power tools, assembly systems, quality assurance products, software and service through a global network.

The business area innovates for sustainable productivity for customers in the automotive and aerospace industries, industrial manufacturing and maintenance, and in vehicle service. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Sweden, Germany, the United States, United Kingdom, France and Japan.

In 2015, Industrial Technique had 5 888 employees and revenues of MSEK 14 578.

Vision and strategy

The vision is to be First in Mind—First in Choice® as a supplier of industrial power tools, assembly systems, quality assurance products, software, and services to customers in the motor vehicle industry and general industry, for example electronics and aerospace.

The strategy is to continue to grow profitably by building on Atlas Copco’s technological leadership, and to develop products and services that improve customers’ productivity. Industrial Technique is looking to extend its product offering, particularly in the motor vehicle industry, and to provide additional services, know-how and training. It is also increasing its presence in general manufacturing and vehicle service, and targeting specific markets. The business area is open to acquiring complementary businesses and will grow in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

Market overview

The motor vehicle industry, including sub-suppliers, is a key customer segment representing approximately half of Industrial Technique’s revenues, primarily in assembly operations. The motor vehicle industry has been at the forefront of demanding more accurate fastening tools that minimize errors in production and allow full traceability of operations. The business area has developed electric industrial tools and assembly systems that meet all of these demands, including a wide range of quality assurance and quality improvement solutions. With an increasing requirement for lower fuel consumption and the use of lighter materials, the motor vehicle industry is looking to alternative assembly solutions. Industrial Technique offers dispensing equipment for adhesives and sealants, as well as self-pierce riveting equipment and rivets.

In general industry, industrial tools are used in a number of applications, such as assembly, drilling and material removal. Customers are found in assembly operations, for example electronics, aerospace and appliances, in general industrial manufacturing, shipyards, foundries, and among machine tool builders. The equipment supplied includes assembly tools for a wide torque range, drills, percussive tools, grinders, hoists and trolleys, and accessories. Air motors are supplied separately for different applications in production facilities.

For vehicle service, car and truck service, and tire and body shops, the equipment supplied includes impact wrenches, percussive tools, drills, sanders, and grinders. There is a growing demand for service, including maintenance contracts and calibration services that improve customers’ productivity.

Market trends

  • Higher requirements for quality, productivity, flexibility, ergonomics and decreased environmental impact
  • More advanced tools and systems, with an emphasis on service, know-how and training
  • Power tools with electric motors partly replacing pneumatic tools
  • Demand for lower fuel consumption is driving demand for alternative assembly methods, such as adhesives and self-pierce riveting

Demand drivers

  • Investments in industrial tools and systems, for example assembly line investments
  • Changes in manufacturing methods and higher requirements, for example quality assurance and traceability
  • Industrial production

Market position and competition

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

Industrial Technique’s competitors in the industrial tools business include Apex Tool Group, Ingersoll-Rand, Stanley Black & Decker, Uryu, Bosch, and several local and regional competitors. In the area of adhesive and sealant equipment, its primary competitors are Nordson and Graco.