Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation division and BASF Construction Chemicals Europe Ltd. have signed an agreement to join forces to foster further expertise on sustainable sprayed concrete. This cooperation follows Atlas Copco’s acquisition of the MEYCO Equipment sprayed concrete manufacturer in Winterthur, Switzerland, from BASF. The acquisition was finalised yesterday with the closing regular process.

Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation division is a global leader in mobile underground mining and tunnelling equipment. MEYCO Global Underground Constructions is a global leader in sprayed concrete for mining and tunnelling applications.

Joint research and development from Atlas Copco and BASF will enforce MEYCO’s leading position in the development of continued spearhead sprayed concrete technologies and applications for a global customer base in underground mining and tunnelling.

"The cooperation will focus on the development of innovative concrete spraying solutions with high product performance and availability, to satisfy our customer needs." said Bob Fassl, president Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Business Area. "We are very pleased to be able to announce this most exciting cooperation with a most well reputed company, BASF."

MEYCO Equipment invented the first ‘gunite’ machine operating according to the rotor principle – the MEYCO® GM and later the MEYCO® Piccola. Since then MEYCO Equipment has continued this tradition of innovation and has successfully launched several new technologies, leading to its strong international market position. Through MEYCO, Atlas Copco’s Underground Rock Excavation division will provide a unique package of technology, equipment and application expertise to the market.