Focused on delivering a fully integrated customer experience, encompassing multiple joining technologies and support services with a particular focus on efficiency improvements and cost reduction in automotive manufacturing, Atlas Copco has merged its Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions business areas into a single entity.

The restructured business unit, Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions, is headed up by general manager, James McAllister, who has been appointed to the role from managing the Industrial Assembly Solutions division. He has served more than 24 years within the Atlas Copco Group in a number of senior international roles, including divisional president.

With three quarters of the newly merged division’s annual revenue aligned to supporting UK vehicle production, providing commonality across all its joining technologies, for the benefit of customers, made sound commercial sense, according to McAllister. “Ongoing uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the steadily increasing advance of vehicle electrification have created a number of challenges for manufacturers, as regards complexity of assembly and managing profitability.

“By bringing all the Atlas Copco advanced joining technologies together we can enhance the customer experience, improve efficiency and mitigate risk, whilst helping them to reduce production costs. Our expertise in smart tooling and data driven services, delivered through our Smart Connected Assembly approach, has already shown proven results in greater productivity and lower assembly line errors with the assurance of full traceability throughout the process, all of which has a positive impact on the bottom line.”