The shares of manufacturer Epiroc AB have started trading on Nasdaq Stockholm in Sweden, thus marking the beginning of Epiroc as a fully independent company following its separation from the Atlas Copco group.

“We are excited to begin our journey as an independent company,” said Turgay Ozan, president of Epiroc USA LLC, headquartered in Commerce City, Colo. “We are proud of our long and productive heritage in the Atlas Copco Group. At the same time, we look forward to serving our customers in an even more focused way.”

Atlas Copco announced in January 2017 that the group would split into two separate companies in 2018: Atlas Copco, focusing on industrial customers, and Epiroc, focusing on mining, infrastructure and natural resources customers. In the United States, Epiroc began operating as a separate business on Dec. 31, 2017. The annual general meeting of Atlas Copco AB decided on April 24 to distribute all shares of Epiroc AB to the shareholders of Atlas Copco AB.

Epiroc serves customers in more than 150 countries. The company develops and produces drill rigs, rock excavation and construction equipment, and provides service and comsumables.

Epiroc focuses on providing solutions that enhance productivity, safety and cost efficiency. For example, the company is advancing the drive toward fossil-free mines with its growing fleet of battery-operated mining vehicles, and is involved in developing automation solutions for the industry.