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RUF acquires C.F. Nielsen to become a single source supplier

Germany-based Ruf Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG (RUF) has revealed that it has taken over global briquetting technology colleague C.F. Nielsen A/S in Baelum, Denmark. Effective as of July 1, this means that the complete spectrum of briquetting technology will be available from one source.

RUF has acquired briquette press technology colleague C.F. Nielsen with Roland Ruf (left) and Wolfgang Ruf, co-owners and managing directors of RUF having signed the acquisition agreement with Mogens S. Knudsen and Henning M. Larsen, the previous owners of C.F. Nielsen (photo courtesy RUF).

As a world market leader in hydraulic briquetting presses, RUF has successfully installed more than 4 500 systems in over 100 countries since it was founded in 1969. According to the company, an important factor in this is that the family-owned business has an especially wide range of applications and services – metal, wood, biomass or other residues, high throughput performances can always be achieved with RUF briquetting presses – from 20 kg/h to 4.8 tonnes/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 Extruder compression using a screw, 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, said Roland Ruf.

Founded in 1899, C.F. Nielsen has evolved into a worldwide leading supplier of mechanical briquetting presses, developing, producing and selling its high-grade systems since the 1940’s. The throughput capacity lies between 200 kg/h and 3.5 tonnes/h and the main application areas are the wood and biomass processing industries.

Over the years C.F. Nielsen has tested and developed briquette presses for a wide and varied range of biomass residues.

The previous owners, Mogens S. Knudsen and Henning M. Larsen, cite the lack of a successor and the resulting insecurity for the future of the company as the reason for selling the company. At the beginning of this year, the Danish entrepreneurs started looking for a fitting buyer with similar values and that ensures the jobs of the 28 strong workforce.

In RUF we have found the right family business, remarked Mogens S. Knudsen, CEO and co-owner of C.F. Nielsen.

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