Following its acquisition of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH, Stockholm-based Atlas Copco AB has renamed the company as Leybold GmbH.

Leybold is now part of Atlas Copco's Vacuum Solutions Division, and is part of the Compressor Technique Business Area, which has approximately 6,500 employees represented in over 35 countries.

Vacuum specialist Leybold, founded in 1850, is an important acquisition for Atlas Copco.

"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 Atlas Copco's Vacuum Solutions division.

Leybold, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, has a 166-year long history of developing and delivering vacuum pumps, systems, standardised and customised vacuum solutions and services for various industries, including steel. It claims to offer 'sustainable solutions for industrial processes such as secondary metallurgy and a range of coating technologies'.

The company offers rough, medium, high and ultra-high vacuum pumps, vacuum systems, vacuum gauges, leak detectors, components and valves, as well as consulting and engineering of turnkey vacuum solutions.

According to Steffen Saur, chief marketing officer responsible for the global sales and service activities of Leybold, the company will continue to support its customers in the future with its vacuum expertise. "Our enhanced product portfolio, sustainable after-sales services and proximity to our customer will distinguish us as a reliable business partner", he said, adding that by combining Atlas Copco’s and Leybold’s strengths in industrial dry pumps and scientific turbo pumps, Leybold will provide 'a technology platform for superior next generation products'.

Leybold will also continue to focus on performance and growth in the industrial, research and development, and analytical market.