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Atlas Copco's history in China

Atlas Copco products were sold for the first time during the 1920s, through export from Europe.

Rotors of an Atlas Copco screw air compressor
In the early 1980s, Atlas Copco established a company in Hong Kong with "Representative Offices" in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. In 1983-1985 Atlas Copco entered into product licence agreements with six Chinese companies for the local production of some selected products. Starting 1993, Atlas Copco used Joint Ventures to develop its China business. Since 1998, Atlas Copco endeavors to incorporate its companies as Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprises, 100% owned by Atlas Copco. 

The grand opening of Atlas Copco (Wuxi) Compressor Co., Ltd. Plant II.Atlas Copco Asia Pacific (Shanghai) Distribution Center was founded. Open table
YearEvent
1920sAtlas Copco products were sold for the first time in Greater China through export from Europe.
1959Atlas Copco Taiwan Ltd. was founded.
1972Atlas Copco products were put into use for one huge project for underground oil storage in Hong Kong.
1981Atlas Copco China/HK Ltd. was founded.
1983Atlas Copco made strategic decision to create a sustainable presence in Greater China.
1985Atlas Copco China set up the first representative office in Beijing.
1993Atlas Copco (Nanjing) Construction & Mining Equipment Ltd. was founded.
1994Atlas Copco (Wuxi) Compressor Co., Ltd. was founded.
1997Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems operation was established in Shanghai, China.
1998Atlas Copco (China) Investment Co., Ltd was founded in Shanghai, our first wholly owned company in Greater China.
1999Atlas Copco (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd. was formed, the legal entity for all business areas of Atlas Copco customer centers in China.
2002Liuzhou Tech Machinery Co., Ltd was acquired as the first local brand company for Compressor Technique in Greater China.
2003Atlas Copco (Shenyang) Construction and Mining Equipment Co., Ltd. was founded.
2005Atlas Copco acquired Wuxi Pneumatech Air & Gas Purity Equipment Co., Ltd.
2006Atlas Copco acquired Bolaite (Shanghai) Compressor Co., Ltd.
2008Atlas Copco (Wuxi) Research and Development Center was founded.
2010Atlas Copco was one of the official partners in the Sweden Pavilion during World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
2011Construction Technique China Customer Center started its operations in Greater China.
The new R&D Center of Mining and Rock Excavation Technique Business Area in China was set up in Nanjing.
2013The grand opening of Atlas Copco (Wuxi) Compressor Co., Ltd. Plant II.
2014Atlas Copco Asia Pacific (Shanghai) Distribution Center was founded.
2016Pan-Asia Gas Technology (Wuxi) Co., Ltd. was founded.