Effective 1st September (2016), Sweden’s Atlas Copco AB has acquired the former Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH company, now renamed Leybold GmbH.

Cologne-based Leybold has a 166 year-long history, developing and delivering vacuum pumps, systems, standardised and customised vacuum solutions, and services for various industries.

The company becomes part of the Vacuum Solutions Division of Atlas Copco, belonging to the Compressor Technique Business Area, with approximately 6,500 employees represented in over 35 countries, and will continue to focus on performance and growth in the industrial, research and development, and analytical market sectors.

“The technological know-how and the innovative spirit of Leybold will complement our vacuum portfolio and strengthen our market presence, contributing to our customers’ success,” said Geert Follens, President of the Atlas Copco Vacuum Solutions Division.

Steffen Saur, Chief Marketing Officer responsible for the global sales and service activities of Leybold, added, “We will continue to support our customers in the future with our vacuum expertise. Our enhanced product portfolio, sustainable after-sales services and proximity to our customer will distinguish us as a reliable business partner.”

“Additionally, by combining Atlas Copco’s and Leybold’s strengths in industrial dry pumps and scientific turbo pumps, it will provide a technology platform for superior next generation products.”

Founded in 1873, Atlas Copco is a global player with more than 43,000 employees in over 180 countries.