Atlas Copco Product Company Houston Inaugurated
Atlas Copco Compressor Technique officially inaugurated a new product company in Houston, Texas on May 4, 2012. Located just minutes from the George Bush International Airport, the 96,000 square foot (8,900 sqm) facility employs 150 people. It is expected to fill a minimum of 15 additional positions and is designed to expand as the need arises. Stephan Kuhn, Business Area President Compressor Technique commented, “The U.S. market is very important to Atlas Copco and this is one more step in strengthening our footprint in the USA. This investment allows us to better serve our customers for engineered compressor packages and air and gas treatment products in the Americas.”
The facility will support four organizations within Atlas Copco; the Southern Region Customer Center, Pneumatech air treatment product production, Atlas Copco Systems Houston, and Greenfield Compression. Chris Lybaert, Oil-free Air Division President said, “This facility marks only the beginning of our expanded capabilities to provide customized solutions for specific applications. This includes industry-specific certifications, like API and ATEX, and engineered compressor and dryer systems for a multitude of gases, pressures, and voltages.”
A wide range of custom-engineered skid-mounted packages are built in this facility. “This facility creates engineered compressor and dryer packages using the entire portfolio of Atlas Copco products,” says Horst Wasel, Quality Air Division President. “On the air dryer side, heatless, heated purge, and blower purge desiccant dryers are built here as stand-alone products or integrated into the skid packages.” Centrifugal, oil-free and lubricated rotary screw, and reciprocating air compressors are packaged here according to customer requirements.
“Pipeline and exploration companies, operating all over the world, require custom engineering and testing capabilities for voltages and pressures,” says Dave Prator, Southern Region Customer Center President. “Our team of application engineers takes projects from on-line global customer meetings, to CAD Drawings, to final testing of up to 3600 psig and 3500 horsepower.”