May 25, 2019
Saint-Laurent, QC: We are pleased to announce that Atlas Copco is celebrating its 70th anniversary in Canada throughout the current year.
In 1949, George Blomdal, a Norwegian Engineer, was dispatched to Canada to test the mining market's reaction to a new type of Swedish designed rock drill and a new drilling method. This drill could be operated by one man instead of two.
Blomdal targeted Northern Ontario to sell this machine due to the vast gold mining industry. He received a call from a prospect wanting to meet while he was in Kirkland Lake and due to his excitement (and not realizing it was -34 degrees Celsius) left without his hat and coat.
Blomdal reached his final destination and had one of his ears frozen. He continued on with his sales pitch while one of the prospect's men massaged the ear. Following this, the first sale was made and the Swedish Method made its way to Canada where these drills outperformed anything that was available at the time. The method revolutionized Canadian mining and quickly spread.
On May 9, 1949, Canadian Copco Ltd. was born and headquartered in Kirkland Lake. Canada was the first country in the Americas to open an Atlas Copco office and the eighth international office established after Norway (1916), UK (1919), Spain (1931), Kenya (1936), France (1946), South Africa (1946) and Morocco (1948).
Throughout the year, we are commemorating this very important milestone in our history with our employees, customers, distributors and other stakeholders, hosting several activities and events.
Atlas Copco Group
Great ideas accelerate innovation. At Atlas Copco we have been turning industrial ideas into business-critical benefits since 1873. By listening to our customers and knowing their needs, we deliver value and innovate with the future in mind.
Atlas Copco is based in Stockholm, Sweden with customers in more than 180 countries and about 37 000 employees. Revenues of BSEK 95/ 9 BEUR in 2018. For more information: www.atlascopcogroup.com