Atlas Copco to establish new competence centre in Spain
Atlas Copco, which is opening a new competence centre in Europe, is to move a divisional headquarters to China and has also hinted at further acquisitions.
The new Atlas Copco Generator Competence Centre in Zaragoza, Spain, is scheduled to be in full operation by 2013, and is subject to final approval by local authorities.
The decision to launch the centre for generators was announced by Atlas Copco’s portable energy division at INTERMAT.
The centre will be housed at the 37,000m² facility of Gesan, the Spanish generator manufacturer, which was acquired by Atlas Copco less than one year ago.
It will incorporate the production of Atlas Copco’s entire QAS generator range, currently manufactured in Antwerp, Belgium, and act as a development hub for all Atlas Copco generator brands.
The centre is expected to have approximately 200 employees, an increase of about 50 on today’s workforce in Zaragoza, and will serve worldwide markets.
Until now, the Belgian plant has been acting as a competence centre for both generators and compressors but in the future will focus only on compressors. QAX and QAC range generators will, however, continue to be produced in Antwerp.
Speaking alongside Atlas Copco president Markuu Terasvasara, Geert Follens, president of Atlas Copco Portable Energy, said: “This is a major step in our efforts to optimise our generator expertise and production capability. And we are especially pleased to be able to do this on the site of the Gesan factory, which is not only strategically well placed but also has solid experience of producing high quality generators.”