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Atlas Copco: Impressing by compressing

13 January 2011

Atlas Copco Compressors, a company that sees itself as a market leader in its field, spends 3% of its global turnover on research and development, Paul O'Neill, divisional manager of Oil-Free Air tells FP Express

With a team of more than 80 service engineers to ensure maximum running efficiency and minimum downtime at its customers' sites, Atlas Copco Compressors plays an important part in providing manufacturers with their air compression needs.

The company says it's forward-looking. ''Three percent of our global turnover is spent on research and development,'' says Paul O'Neill, divisional manager of Oil-Free Air. ''We've brought innovation to the market place, and see ourselves as market leaders.''

Atlas Copco Compressors is the UK sales and service operation of the Atlas Copco Group providing oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors, portable air compressors, gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, electric power generators, air treatment equipment (such as compressed air dryers, coolers and filters) and air management systems.

With respect to the food and beverage sector, Paul says it has held its own despite the difficult economic climate. ''My message is to ensure I'm consistent with the market place, and there are certainly growth opportunities in the food sector.''

Paul is particularly interested as to why some manufacturers are still risking oil contamination of their drinks manufacturing processes by not using oil-free compressors where required, and ponders whether it's lack of knowledge, funds or care and attention. ''This is pertinent in view of the fact that recent research indicates the bottle and canned drinks industry is about to experience a boom in the UK.

''Now is the time to take the message to the marketplace and allow customers to make an informed choice. To that end we'll have a large marketing initiative in 2011.''

Paul quotes evidence from the 2010 BSDA UK Soft Drinks Report findings (source: Zenith International) which show that litres of soft drinks being consumed per person in 2014 will - presuming average weather conditions - be 235.3, up from 229.1 in 2009.

This upward trend may be driven by an economic recovery as well as cautious forecasts from Government that consumer purchasing power should still see 2010 pass the 14200 million litre barrier.


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