Atlas Copco Appoints President for the Atlas Copco Rock Drilling Equipment Division

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 13, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Atlas Copco: Lars Engstrom has been appointed President of Atlas Copco Rock Drilling Equipment, a division within the Construction and Mining Technique business area (CMT), effective July 1, 2002.

Engstrom was employed by Atlas Copco in 1994, as Market Manager of the Atlas Copco Secoroc division in the Construction and Mining Technique business area, CMT. He currently holds the position as General Manager of Atlas Copco Construction and Mining Australia.

Before joining Atlas Copco, he held different positions within Seco Tools AB. Engstrom holds a Master of Science from The Institute of Technology, Linkoping, Sweden, in 1988.

Engstrom succeeds Bjorn Rosengren, who was appointed Senior Executive Vice President of the Business Area Construction and Mining Technique.

Atlas Copco Rock Drilling Equipment is a division within the business area Construction and Mining Technique of the Atlas Copco Group. The division is develops, manufactures and markets rock drills, drill rigs, and equipment for rock reinforcement, and has established a worldwide leading position. The products are used for rock excavation within the mining and construction business, for both surface and underground applications. The division's headquarters and main production plants are located in Orebro, Sweden. The division employs approximately 1,700 people worldwide. More information is available on

Atlas Copco is an international industrial Group with its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2001, the Group had revenues of SEK 51 billion (EUR 5.4 billion), with 98% of revenues outside Sweden, and close to 26,000 employees. The Group produces and markets compressed air equipment and generators, construction and mining equipment, electric and pneumatic tools, and assembly systems and offers related service and equipment rental. The Atlas Copco Group includes famous brands such as Atlas Copco, RSC, Milwaukee Electric Tool, Chicago Pneumatic, and AEG Power Tools. More information can be found on the web site:


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