It’s been four years since Atlas Copco’s last customer event, Total Solutions, took place in Belgium. Building off of that theme, last week’s Experience our Energy: Regional Event for The Americas in Panama was the first of four global events that the company’s new Portable Energy Division has planned. Rock Products Assistant Editor Josephine Smith attended the event.
According to the event’s host, Nina Deman, Panama was chosen because of the Canal’s symbolism of two worlds coming together. As such, the event was a way to bring Atlas Copco and its customers together.
One of the biggest areas of interest was the organizational changes within Atlas Copco. Recently, the Portable Energy Division (previously Portable Air) became part of the newly created Construction Technique business area. This change reflects the division’s emphasis away from just compressors, toward a wide range of solutions geared to the needs of the construction industry. These solutions fit into five Portable Energy “pillars”: Air (on-site compressors), Power (on-site generators), Light (on-site light towers), Water (on-site pumps) and Used Equipment. “The aim of the changes is to focus more on the needs of the construction customer, give better service, and thus increase customer satisfaction,” says Geert Follens, president of the Portable Energy Division.
During the event, Atlas Copco announced it has opened its first refurbishing center in Warsaw, Poland. In parallel with the opening, Atlas Copco Portable Energy is currently mapping out the worldwide roll-out of its Used Equipment program. It was noted that the company will sell its branded used equipment through its existing sales channels.
The company also introduced the XAS 750 JD7 Tier 4a rotary screw, portable compressor. It generates 750 cfm of free air delivery and 100 psi at normal working pressure. Powered by a 200-hp, 6-cylinder John Deere diesel engine, the XAS 750 is designed for heavy-duty construction environments. The company also noted that they are currently working on an 850 model that uses a Cat C7 engine.