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Atlas Copco-owned Desoutter Limited ISO14001 certified

13 mars 2002

Stockholm, Sweden, March 13, 2002 - Desoutter Limited has gained accreditation to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. This certification verifies that Desoutter designs, manufactures and services its products in a manner that minimizes the impact on the environment.

Desoutter is a part of the Industrial Technique business area and produces power tools for industrial use. The company’s production unit is based in Hemel Hempstead, Great Britain.


The company has always strived to ensure its environmental impact is kept to a minimum and is actively promoting improving its working environment. As a leading company in its industry, Desoutter has proven its commitment to the environment by undertaking accreditation to the ISO14001 standard.


All Desoutter products are continually analyzed for environmental impact and improvements to reduce waste and improve efficiency. “There exists a drive to continuously improve procedures and working practices that will allow it to further control and monitor the effects of its activities on the environment," says Mr. Gary Towler, Senior Quality Engineer.



CONTACT:

Göran Gezelius, Senior Executive Vice President, Industrial Technique,

+ 46 8 743 8505, mobile +46 70 569 8505

e-mail: goran.gezelius@atlascopco.com

Rachel Alexander, Communications Manager, CP division

+ 44 1442 34 43 60, e-mail: rachel.alexander@chicagopneumatic.com



Desoutter Ltd , part of the Chicago Pneumatic division in the Industrial Technique business area, is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic industrial hand tools and assembly systems. Chicago Pneumatic, Desoutter and Georges Renault make up the Industrial Business Unit of the Chicago Pneumatic Division. More information is available on the company's web site: www.chicagopneumatic.com


Atlas Copco is an international industrial Group with its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2001, the Group had revenues of SEK 51 billion, with 98 percent of revenues outside Sweden, and close to 26.000 employees. The Group produce and market compressed air equipment and generators, construction and mining equipment, electric and pneumatic tools, assembly systems, and offers related service and equipment rental. More information can be found on the web site: www.atlascopco-group.com.