Stockholm, Sweden, April 18, 2008: Atlas Copco owned Intermech Ltd, New Zealand, a world pioneer and exporter of clean fuel CNG (compressed natural gas) compressors, is expanding its environmental footprint with the opening of its new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art factory.
A vehicle fuelled with CNG emits a carbon footprint that is less by a quarter of a petrol or diesel vehicle, and thus represents a viable, low-emission energy source for metropolitan centers, especially those with high-density populations.
“This investment further enhances Atlas Copco’s commitment to environmental-friendly technologies,” says Ronnie Leten, President of Atlas Copco’s business area Compressor Technique. “It also strengthens Intermech’s position in the fast growing CNG market and allows us to better serve the needs of our customers.”
The investment in the 3000-square meter, environmentally certified factory will enable Intermech’s 80 employees to immediately increase production capacity by 200% and slash order-to-delivery times from nine to three months. Product development will be also be enhanced with the expansion of the company’s research and development division which is also located at the new premises.
Intermech designs, manufactures, and markets a range of compressed natural gas (CNG) compressors and related equipment used at filling stations for vehicles fuelled with natural gas. Atlas Copco acquired Intermech in 2005 in response to the increasing global demand for alternative transport fuels. The company operates under the Oil-free Air division of the Compressor Technique business area.
For further information, please contact:
Ronnie Leten, Business Area President, Compressor Technique
+32 (0)3 870 2938 or +32 (0)477 222 685
Love Liman, Media Relations
+46 (0)8 743 8060 or +46 (0)73 231 8060
Atlas Copco may be required to disclose the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08:45 on April 18, 2008.