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Atlas Copco

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November 1957.
November 1957.
March 1958.
November 1958.

Atlas Copco (Great Britain) Ltd. of Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

of Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead

of Beresford Avenue, Wembley (1956)

British subsidiary of Atlas Copco AB of Sweden

1873 AB Atlas was founded in Sweden

1898 Acquired manufacturing rights to diesel engine; Diesels Motorer AB was founded.

1901 Pneumatic department created and tool production started.

1917 Diesels Motorer merged with Nya Atlas - Atlas Diesel founded

1919 Became private company - presumably the establishment of the British subsidiary

1948 End of diesel production when Nydqvist and Holm (NOHAB)acquired the diesel manufacturing operations. The name Atlas Diesel was no longer relevant so a new name was sought that would both reflect the company's type of operations and provide uniformity for the foreign subsidiaries.

A new name was chosen for the parent group: Atlas Copco, derived from the name of a Belgian subsidiary – Compagnie Pneumatique Commerciale

1954 There were number of companies within Atlas Copco in the UK; they traded under a variety of names[1]:

1956 The name of Atlas Diesel Co was changed to Atlas Copco (Great Britain) Ltd[2]

1960 Compressed air equipment for mining.[3]

1961 Compressed air, mechanical and general electrical engineers. 240 employees.[4]

1982 See also Atlas Copco Supplement.

Also see Atlas Copco Tools

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times Jul 01, 1954
  2. The Times , Jan 02, 1956
  3. * Mining Year Book 1960. Published by Walter E. Skinner. Advert p88
  4. * 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  • [1] Atlas Copco