Jan. 16, 2014 10:10 UTC

Atlas Copco Buys Swedish Drilling Equipment Company

STOCKHOLM--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Atlas Copco (STO:ATCOA)(STO:ATCOB), a leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has agreed to acquire Geawelltech, which sells, rents out and manufactures well- and geotechnical drilling equipment.

Gruv Entreprenad Anläggning Welltech System AB, based in Jonsered, Sweden, has annual revenues of about MSEK 90 (MUSD 14). Geawelltech has for many years been an Atlas Copco distributor of well- and geotechnical drilling equipment, and the majority of revenues are generated from this business. The company also manufactures drilling rigs suitable for a wide range of applications. Geawelltech has 19 employees.

“Geawelltech has a strong position in Sweden as a one-stop-shop supplier for customers within well- and geotechnical drilling,” said Johan Halling, Business Area President, Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique. “Ground engineering is a strategic segment for us, and this fits perfectly with the existing Atlas Copco product portfolio.”

The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter. The acquired business will become part of Atlas Copco’s new Surface and Exploration Drilling division in the Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area.

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). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.

Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area provides equipment for drilling and rock excavation, a complete range of related consumables and service through a global network. The business area innovates for sustainable productivity in surface and underground mining, infrastructure, civil works, well drilling and geotechnical applications. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Sweden, the United States, Canada, China and India.

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Contacts

Atlas Copco
Johan Halling
Business Area President, Mining and Rock Excavation Technique
+46 (0)8 743 8314
or
Ola Kinnander
Media Relations Manager
+46 (0)8 743 8060 or +46(0)70 347 2455


Source: Atlas Copco