RUF Briquetting Systems, Zaisertshofen, has taken over C.F. Nielsen A/S, Baelum (Denmark).

This means that in future the complete spectrum of briquetting technology will be available from one source.

As a world market leader in hydraulic briquetting presses, RUF has successfully installed its systems in more than 100 countries. An important factor in this is that the family-owned business has an especially wide range of applications and services. Whether it be metal, wood, biomass or other residues, high throughput performances can always be achieved with RUF briquetting presses – from 20 kg/h to 4,800 kg/h, depending on the material.

By taking over C.F. Nielsen, RUF is expanding its offer with two important technologies in this industry – the mechanical briquetting and the compression with Extruder, also known as Shimada technology. For Roland Ruf, director at RUF, this is an addition, which is complementary in several ways: “We are both family businesses with a very similar philosophy and method of operating. This means we attach great importance to being innovative through our content employees and presenting ourselves as reliable partners on the market. With this in mind, we will together drive new advances for our customers forward and make use of synergy effects.”

As a worldwide leading supplier of mechanical briquetting presses, C.F. Nielsen has been developing, producing and selling its high-grade systems since the 1940ies. The throughput capacity lies between 200 kg/h and 3,500 kg/h and the main application areas are the wood and biogenic material processing industries. Recently, the company expanded its product portfolio with the Shimada briquetting technique. These extrusion briquetting machines press highly compacted briquettes using a screw.

The previous owners, Mogens S. Knudsen and Henning M. Larsen, mention the lack of a successor and the resulting insecurity for the future of the company as the reason for selling their company. This is why, in the beginning of 2018, the Danish entrepreneurs started looking for a fitting buyer with similar values as them, who ensures the jobs of their employees. “In RUF we have found the right family business”, says Mogens S. Knudsen.

Photo: From left to right: Roland Ruf and Wolfgang Ruf, co-owners and managing directors of RUF briquetting systems, signed the acquisition agreement along with Mogens S. Knudsen und Henning M. Larsen, the previous owners of C.F. Nielsen. All of them are happy about the fact that two companies, which share the same philosophy and values, are under one roof now.