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Atlas Copco Rental provided compressed air for snowmaking application in Antwerp, Belgium

2012-11-12

On Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10, the world’s best snowboarders gathered in Antwerp, Belgium to compete in Europe’s only FIS Big Air world Cup event this season.

For the BIG AIR discipline a 39-meter high ramp was built next to the River Scheldt, providing a unique opportunity for the athletes to show their skills on the highest outdoor snow ramp ever built.

Fresh snow of the best quality was needed to safeguard this unique event. With an ambient temperature of around +10°C, fresh snow had to be produced on site. Within 48 hours the slopes were covered with 775m³ of snow. Water and oil-free compressed air are the main ingredient to get this job done and Atlas Copco Rental was approached to deliver oil-free air compressors.

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Around 60 international snowboarders participated in this unique event. 20.000 visitors came to Antwerp to enjoy the spectacle, the music and the unique atmosphere. The athletes complimented the smooth organization and the quality of the snow, which put a big smile on their ánd our faces.

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Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2011, Atlas Copco had 37 500 employees and revenues of BSEK 81 (BEUR 9).

Specialty Rental is a division within Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area. It serves customers in the industry segments around the world with temporary air and power rental solutions. The specialty rental services are offered under several brands. The divisional headquarters is located in Houston, USA.