Atlas Copco enters into global business agreement with SAP

15 maj 2002

Atlas Copco AB and SAP Svenska AB have entered into a long-term global business agreement to provide a standard solution that can accommodate and optimize common business processes and to secure new business opportunities.

“This is a business-driven decision which will define the next generation business support system,” says Gary Fritz, Vice President Information Technology, for the Atlas Copco Group.  “By having a standard solution available, which provides seamless information flow between Atlas Copco and all their partners like customers, suppliers, authorities, banks and employees, it will gain a substantial improvement that meets tomorrow’s business demands,” says Thord Andersson, Managing Director SAP Svenska AB.  The parties consider this global business agreement a milestone in terms of standardizing and reusing business processes. The contract will encompass all components within the platform. The different companies within the Atlas Copco Group will have full access to the different components within the platform, i.e supply-chain management, e-procurement, business intelligence, human resources, financials and customer relationship management, which supports the global customer centers and the portal technology that enables faster integration.  Atlas Copco is an international industrial Group with its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2001, the Group had revenues of SEK 51 billion (EUR 5.4 billion), with 98% of revenues outside Sweden, and close to 26,000 employees. The Group produces and markets compressed air equipment and generators, construction and mining equipment, electric and pneumatic tools, and assembly systems and offers related service and equipment rental. The Atlas Copco Group includes famous brands such as Atlas Copco, RSC, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Chicago Pneumatic, and AEG Power Tools. More information can be found on the web site:  SAP is the world's leading provider of e-business software solutions. Through the® e-business platform, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today, more than 17,000 companies in over 120 countries run more than 44,500 installations of SAP® software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at CONTACT:  Gary Fritz, Vice President, Information Technology  +32 3 870 27 70, or +32 4 96 28 16 14, [email protected]  Annika Berglund, SVP Group Communications, Atlas Copco AB  + 46 8 743 8070, or +46 70 322 8070, [email protected]