SYN] Magazine
#1 | 2019

Jacob Edström

"More interactive than ever before"

Innovation, commitment and interaction are key elements in Atlas Copco’s corporate mission statement. These three core values of our brand are put into practice every day. For example, the Application Center Europe is working on a project on the topic of “Robotics for the automation of tightening processes near to manual operations”. Henning Selzer is implementing the project as part of work on his master’s thesis under the supervision of Stefan Quinders. Jacob Edström, a master’s student from Sweden, worked in Essen last summer and made a significant contribution to the success of the project. In addition to working as a member of an international team, Jacob of course also enjoyed himself. In this interview, Jacob reports on his positive experience and the strong corporate culture which he found at Atlas Copco.

The development of new products, alignment with new markets and striving for sustainable growth are elementary targets at Atlas Copco. In order to achieve them, we need people who are open to new experiences and are prepared to accept change as an opportunity. “For us as a company, this openness is essential in order to ensure that we are well-positioned for the future. This is why we are very pleased to open our doors to student assistants and interns,” says Felix Maier, Vice President Global Projects: “At the Application Center in Essen, we currently have two talented master’s students who can contribute new suggestions to their teams on the basis of the impartial view of an outsider,” says Felix, expressing his appreciation for the commitment shown by Henning Selzer and Jacob Edström. Stefan Quinders, who is acting as a mentor to the two interns in addition to his work as a manager in the quotation department and for technical projects, is also full of praise: “Henning and Jacob are demonstrating considerable creativity and dedication. They put new impulses into practice and help in realizing my vision of automation in the vicinity of manual assembly operations.”

But who are these young (temporary) colleagues and what has brought them to Atlas Copco? SYN] has spoken to the young people concerned and will be presenting employees who initially joined Atlas Copco as interns and in some cases took up long-term employment with us in this and future issues. In the case of Jacob Edström, things may be slightly different because the 24-year-will have returned to his studies and the lecture hall at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm by the time this issue appears. However, his multi-faceted summer internship with Atlas Copco Tools in Essen is an experience he would not like to miss. “I’m studying industrial engineering and management at the Royal Institute of Technology (in Swedish: Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan or KTH) and working for a master’s degree in mechatronics product development. The course covers not only the technical aspects of mechatronics but also economic aspects of product development.“