Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems has consolidated its North American operations in Auburn Hills, Michigan and celebrated the official ribbon cutting for the new location on June 29. In front of nearly 500 invited guests, Atlas Copco CEO Ronnie Leten and U.S. General Manager Anders Hoberg were joined at the podium by local officials L. Brooks Patterson and Mark Adams from Oakland County, Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel along with Michigan Swedish Consul General Lennart Johansson and Swedish Ambassador to the U.S. Björn Lyrvall.

“We’re proud to be here in the middle of Automation Alley,” said Hoberg. “We think it shows a commitment to many of our customers in this area and it’s a great location for us as well because of all the talent we have access to in this part of Michigan.”

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Being a supplier to the automotive industry isn’t a business for the faint of heart. Even after more than a decade of massive restructuring among both the vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers, the process is still going on.

Automotive is still a good chunk of the business for this division of the Swedish multinational with revenue increasing 30 to 40 percent since we spoke with Hoberg eight years ago. Automotive has gone from 80 percent of the Michigan plant’s customer base to around 40 percent, however; industries such as aerospace, oil and gas and off-road vehicles represent major growth opportunities, Hoberg said.

With sales in over 180 countries and production in 20, Atlas Copco manufactures a full range of products and services including compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. More than 200 employees are housed at the Auburn Hills office, which moved last fall from the Atlas Copco Tools’ former location in the same town. The new office is twice the size at 120,000 square feet, and serves as the automotive, heavy industrial and general manufacturing center for the company’s North American operations. Hoberg said the company plans to continue its expansion and create an additional 50 jobs in a variety of areas — engineers, customer service personnel along with marketing and sales professionals — over the coming year.