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Atlas Copco Agrees to Acquire Self-Pierce Riveting Business

The self-pierce riveting segment is expanding fast due to the growing use of lightweight materials in the automotive and other industries.

Swedish manufacturer Atlas Copco, (STO: ATCOA, ATCOB), Nacka, Sweden, has agreed to acquire self-pierce riveting specialist Henrob with main facilities in the U.S. and the U.K. The acquisition offers Atlas Copco an opportunity to expand in a fast-growing market segment, with state-of-the art technology.

Henrob specializes in self-pierce riveting, a mechanical fastening process for joining two or more sheets of material where welding is difficult, such as aluminum. The self-pierce riveting segment is expanding fast due to the growing use of lightweight materials in the automotive and other industries, a trend driven by increasingly stringent emission standards. Automakers are working hard to improve fuel economy, and weight reduction using aluminum is an effective measure in meeting these requirements.

“Henrob is a strategic fit in our portfolio of adjacent fastening technologies for the automotive industry,” said Mats Rahmström, president of industrial technique business area. “It is a logical addition to our automotive body shop business. Now we can serve customers with three assembly technologies: tightening, adhesives and self-pierce riveting.”

Henrob is a supplier to auto manufacturers in Europe and North America. Atlas Copco’s global footprint will open up possibilities to serve customers in more markets. Henrob will become a business line within the MVI Tools and Assembly Systems division in the Industrial Technique business area. The brand will be kept.

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