Husqvarna Group’s Construction Division has signed an agreement to acquire the Light Compaction & Concrete Equipment business from Atlas Copco.

“Atlas Copco’s Light Compaction & Concrete Equipment business fits well into Husqvarna Construction’s strategy for expanding deeper into the market segment of Concrete Surfaces and Floors” said Kai Wärn, president and CEO of Husqvarna Group. “This step will further reinforce our leadership position in this segment and complement the recent acquisitions. Strategically, the build-up of this area also supports our overall ambition of growing the Construction Division’s share in the Husqvarna Group.”

“We are known for creating innovative, integrated customer-centric solutions with focus on customer productivity” said Henric Andersson, president of Husqvarna Construction. “Atlas Copco’s light compaction and concrete product lines are logical expansions of our current product range within Concrete Surfaces & Floors. It will allow us to support our customers’ business through the entire concrete floor creation process.”

Atlas Copco Light Compaction & Concrete Equipment, a part of Atlas Copco Power Technique, is a global leader in this business segment and had annual sales of approximately SEK 570 million (about U.S. $68.3 million) in 2016. The acquisition includes product lines, operations and R&D in Bulgaria, and specific sales and service resources that will reinforce Husqvarna Construction’s existing organization. The roughly 200 employees are predominantly located in Bulgaria but also in all key markets.

“This presents us with a good growth opportunity since light construction equipment really is Husqvarna Construction’s core competence,” said Andersson.

Further details will be announced closer to the finalization, which is expected during the first quarter of 2018. The acquisition is subject to approval from competition authorities and the impact on Husqvarna Group’s earnings in 2018 will be limited.