Atlas Copco's Power Tools Distribution Center in Belgium Extended

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 14, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- An additional 4,300 square meters of warehouse space has been added to Atlas Copco's Power Tools Distribution center, PTD, in Belgium to handle the growth in business. Established in 1992, PTD serves 110 countries, of which direct daily deliveries to end- customers are made in 24. The focus is on constantly increasing service to customers worldwide.

The new extension is inaugurated today in connection with PTD's 10th anniversary celebrations. Hans af Sillen, General Manager of PTD, says that his team's efforts are continuously focused on raising the level of customer service. "At PTD lead times are short. High stock availability, combined with an accurate pick-to-ship process and reliable transport, enable us to provide the just-in-time deliveries our customers need to avoid keeping excessive stocks themselves."

ISO 9002 and ISO 14000 certified, PTD has 180 employees maintaining a stock of about 60,000 different articles, including tools, spare parts and accessories. Stock replenishment is determined by received orders and the demand level. Each day about 11,000 order-lines are processed, 4,000 consignments are shipped, and 900 shipments are received from factories and sub-suppliers. Customer orders placed before 4 p.m. are picked, packed and dispatched on the same day. 93% of all orders are placed electronically, directly into the PTD order processing system. Picking and packing lists, shipping instructions, invoices and other documentation are produced in the language of the country of destination.

PTD has a network of forwarders at its disposal. A joint tracking system operated with the transport companies ensures that orders can be traced on-line.


Annika Berglund, SVP Group Communications, Atlas Copco AB + 46 8 743 8070,
mobile +46 70 322 8070,

Inger Brahme, Communications Manager, Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly 
Systems, + 46 8 743 9574, mobile: +46 70 308 9574,

Atlas Copco is an international industrial Group with its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2001, the Group had revenues of SEK 51 billion, with 98 percent of revenues outside Sweden, and close to 26.000 employees. The Group produce and market compressed air equipment and generators, construction and mining equipment, electric and pneumatic tools, assembly systems, and offers related service and equipment rental. The Group owns famous brands like RSC, Milwaukee, Chicago Pneumatic and AEG Power Tools. More information can be found on the web site:

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