Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.
The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2014, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 94 (BEUR 10.3) and more than 44 000 employees.
In Botswana, Atlas Copco was first registered in 1969 and operated as Rand Air until Rand Air was acquired in 2001. Atlas Copco Botswana started to operate as a fully flagged Customer Centre in 2007. Atlas Copco Botswana is amongst the leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying specialised mining equipment, parts and services to the mining, exploration and construction sectors, servicing both mining houses and contractors in Botswana. Atlas Copco Botswana presently has maintenance service, parts supply and technical support contracts with different mines around Botswana.
Botswana’s mining sector has been negatively impacted by the current commodity price volatility in the overall mining industry in Africa. In response to this, Atlas Copco decided to split the group into two and establish Epiroc to be incorporated in 2018, a new company currently under the Atlas Copco umbrella, which will be focused on the organisation’s Mining and Civil Engineering and Infrastructure customers.
Atlas Copco Botswana will consequently become Epiroc Botswana in 2018. The organisation is currently working on localisation of as much of its processes as possible, specifically the servicing and repairs of their operational machines. This will allow the company to play an even bigger role in Botswana’s economy and contribute to the skills development and employment creation.