Compressor Technique

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 customers the best value. 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 support customers to meet their sustainability ambitions. The business area is actively looking at acquiring  complementary businesses.

The Market

The global market for compressed air equipment, air and gas treatment equipment, and related services  is characterized by a diversified customer base. The customers requests 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 wide spectrum of applications. Clean, dry, and oil-free air is needed  in industrial processes in e.g. the food, pharmaceutical, electronics, and textile industries. Compressors are used in wastewater treatment, and  green economy segments such as green hydrogen. Compressed air is also used in automation and in sectors as diversified as hospitals, fish farming, and in high-speed trains. Blowers are used in applications where a consistent flow of low-pressure air is needed, for example in wastewater  treatment, conveying, and industrial gases such as production of nitrogen and oxygen. 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%.

Market trends

  •  Increased focus on energy efficiency, energy  recovery, and the reduction of CO2 emissions  
  •  Focus on total solution and total life-cycle  cost 
  •  Investments in customer segments contributing  to transformation to a low carbon society 
  •  The combination of cloud technology, big data  and machine learning increases the demand  for data-driven service solutions 
  •  New applications for compressed air

Demand drivers

  •  Industrial production  
  •  Investments in machinery  
  •  Energy costs  
  •  The need for decreased CO2 emissions drives  demand for more energy-efficient machinery

Market position

A leading market position globally in most of its operations.

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