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Timeline - General

Some milestones throughout the years, from the establishment of AB Atlas in 1873 up until today.

  • 1873: Atlas Copco founded, with André Oscar Wallenberg as one of the four founders.
  • 1883: K.A. Wallenberg replaces his father A.O. Wallenberg on the board of directors.
  • 1890: Atlas restructured and Nya Atlas founded.
  • 1898: Wallenbergs acquire manufacturing rights to diesel engine and Diesels Motorer AB is  founded.
  • 1901: Pneumatic department created and tool production initiated.
  • 1904: First own piston compressor designed.
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  • 1917: Diesels Motorer merged with Nya Atlas and Atlas Diesel founded. Marcus Wallenberg Sr appointed as chairman of the board.
  • 1925: Atlas Diesel financially restructured.
  • 1933: Marcus Wallenberg Jr succeeds his father as chairman of the board.
  • 1934: Atlas Diesel financially restructured.
  • 1935: Design department reorganized.
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  • 1947: Global launch of the Swedish Method begins.
  • 1948: The manufacture of diesel engines is divested.
  • 1955: The first screw compressor is delivered.
  • 1956: Atlas Diesel changes name to Atlas Copco.
  • 1956: The Belgian compressor company Arpic Engineering is acquired and the majority of compressor production is moved there.
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  • 1960: The 33 Series with ergonomic handheld tools launched.
  • 1973: First hydraulic rock drill presented in conjunction with the company's one-hundred-year jubilee.
  • 1974: Peter Wallenberg succeeds his father as chairman of the board.
  • 1975: Structural changes and efficiency measures made at the company, and a series of acquisitions are begun.
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  • 1987: The Tensor electric power wrench launched. The Tensor S, launched in 1994, was a success with the automotive industry.
  • 1994: First compressor with variable speed drive presented.
  • 1998: Atlas Copco establishes a wholly owned customer center in China.
  • 2004: Atlas Copco acquires the American company Ingersoll-Rand Drilling Solutions.
  • 2007: Atlas Copco acquires Dynapac and creates a new division for road construction equipment.
  • 2011: Goes from three to four business areas, increasing the focus on specific customer segments. The new structure also includes one dedicated service division for each business area.
  • 2013: Atlas Copco celebrates its 140th anniversary.
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