Atlas Copco Restructures in South Africa

  Atlas Copco Restructures in South Africa

Business Wire

STOCKHOLM -- March 4, 2013

Atlas Copco’s (STO:ATCOA)(STO:ATCOB) Rock Drilling Tools division will
reorganize the production at its factory in Springs, South Africa. This will
affect 109 employees.

During the past few years, Atlas Copco’s Rock Drilling Tools division has made
significant investments in new production equipment at its manufacturing
facilities in Fagersta, Sweden. The purpose of these investments has been to
increase productivity, shorten lead times, and ensure top quality by using
modern automated production equipment. This production upgrade in Sweden is
affecting the manufacturing of rock drilling tools in Springs, South Africa.

As a result, 109 jobs in Springs will be affected. Atlas Copco notified the
relevant unions today in South Africa. Atlas Copco has a total of about 1 200
employees in the country.

“Investments in modern automated production equipment with the goal of
increasing efficiency can result in changes in other parts of the
organization,” said Bob Fassl, Business Area President for Atlas Copco Mining
and Rock Excavation Technique. “This action unfortunately affects some
employees, but we will do our best to provide support through this difficult

Atlas Copco’s Rock Drilling Tools division manufactures rock drilling tools
for both surface and underground applications. The division is headquartered
in Fagersta, Sweden, and has manufacturing units around the world.

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 2011, Atlas Copco had 37 500
employees and revenues of BSEK81 (BEUR 9). Learn more at

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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Atlas Copco
Bob Fassl, Business Area President
Mining and Rock Excavation Technique
+46 (0)8 743 8314
Ola Kinnander, Media Relations Manager
+46 (0)8743 8060 or +46 (0)70 347 2455
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