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Complete Atlas Copco portable compressor range now Stage IIIB compliant


April 15, 2013 – Munich, Germany – The Atlas Copco portable compressor range is now fully Stage IIIB compliant, the company’s Portable Energy division announced today at Bauma.

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In addition to the environmental benefits, compliance with the emission regulation opens up business opportunities for European customers, as projects in specific countries and locations require Stage IIIB compressors.

The European Stage IIIB emission standards, which went into effect on January 2011 for all 130-560 kW off-road diesel engines, required a redesign for portable compressors. Atlas Copco Stage IIIB compliant compressors offer the same high level of reliability and performance, with limited or no impact in terms of footprint.
The Stage IIIB regulations (known as Tier 4A in the US) aim to lower the emission of particulate matter by 90% and NOx emissions by 50% compared to the previous Stage IIIA levels.
In order to meet the requirements of Stage IIIB, Atlas Copco compressors incorporate a new engine, a new cooling system and a new exhaust after-treatment system. A four-step exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) process combined with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) ensures Stage IIIB compliance. Cooled EGR reduces the formation of NOx by lowering the peak combustion temperature. Particulate matter generated by this process is eliminated by the DPF.
Companies using Stage IIIB compliant compressors have a competitive advantage in the European market as these compressors are mandatory for projects in certain countries, such as Norway and Switzerland, and on certain job sites, including tunnels and indoors. 
“Our customers’ first concern was whether Stage IIIB requirements would change the Atlas Copco compressors they know and trust. That is why it was crucial for us to be able to give them compliance without compromising on footprint and performance,” said Dmitry Karablinov, Product Manager Large Compressors with Atlas Copco Portable Energy. “We are confident that this quality assurance, in combination with the competitive advantages of working with Stage IIIB equipment, will motivate European customers to make the switch.”

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Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2012, Atlas Copco had 39 800 employees and revenues of BSEK 90.5 (BEUR 10.5).

Atlas Copco’s Construction Technique business area provides construction and demolition tools, portable compressors, pumps and generators, lighting towers, and compaction and paving equipment. It offers service through a global network. Construction Technique innovates for sustainable productivity in infrastructure, civil works and road construction projects. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, China and Brazil.

Portable Energy is a division within Atlas Copco’s Construction Technique business area. It develops, manufactures and markets portable compressors, high pressure boosters, generators, light towers and submersible dewatering pumps worldwide. Products are offered under several brands to a wide range of industries including construction, mining, oil and gas, and rental. The divisional headquarters and main development center are located in Antwerp, Belgium. Production facilities are located around the world, mainly Belgium, Spain, USA, India, Brazil and China.