The Compressor Technique business area provides compressed air solutions: industrial compressors, 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 mainly for the manufacturing and process industries.
Vision and strategy
The vision is to be First in Mind—First in Choice as a supplier of compressed air and gas solutions by being interactive, committed and innovative, and by offering the best value to customers. The strategy is to further develop Atlas Copco’s leading position in selected niches and growing the business in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially responsible. This should be done by capitalizing on the strong global market presence, improving market penetration in mature and developing markets, and continuously developing improved products and solutions to satisfy customer demands. The presence is enhanced by utilizing several commercial brands. Key strategies include growing the service business as well as developing businesses within focused areas such as air-treatment equipment, blowers, and compressor solutions for trains, ships, and hospitals. By offering the most energy-efficient products, the business aims to contribute to a better tomorrow and to support customers in meeting their sustainability ambitions. The business area is actively looking at acquiring complementary businesses.
The global market for compressed air equipment, air and gas treatment equipment, and related services is characterized by a diversified customer base. The customers request solutions that are reliable, productive, efficient, and suited to specific applications. Customers are also increasingly looking for partners to support their sustainability ambitions. Compressors are used in a broad spectrum of applications. Clean, dry, and oil-free air is needed in industrial processes, e.g. the food, pharmaceutical, electronics, and textile industries. Compressors are used in wastewater treatment, and increasingly in applications contributing to the transition to a low-carbon society, such as green hydrogen, LNG, and batteries for electric vehicles. Compressed air is also used in automation and in sectors as diversified as hospitals, and in highspeed trains. Blowers are used in applications where there is a need for a consistent flow of lowpressure 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. Stationary industrial air compressors and associated air-treatment products, spare parts and service represent about 90% of sales. Large gas and process compressors, including related service, represent about 10%.
- Increased focus on energy efficiency, energy recovery, and the reduction of CO2 emissions
- Accelerated investments in market segments contributing to a low carbon society
- Focus on total solution and total life-cycle cost
- The combination of cloud technology, big data and machine learning increases the demand for data-driven service solutions
- New applications for compressed air
- Industrial production
- Transition to a low-carbon society
- Energy costs
- The need for decreased CO2 emissions drives demand for more energy-efficient machinery
A leading market position globally in most of its operations.