Anker Andersen A/S is the leading global supplier when it comes to development and manufacture of highly intelligent solutions for counting and sorting of non-refillable used beverage containers.
Anker Andersen A/S was established in 1945 by Mr Anker Andersen and our company name is thus inseparably associated with the name and achievements of our founder. Today the company name has become a symbol of intelligent and innovative solutions of high quality.
In 1986 Mr Anker Andersen sold the company, but he remained a shareholder until 2007.
The Swedish Investment Company, Färna Invest, has acquired all shares of the Anker Andersen Group, Denmark, from Grundtvig Invest A/S, and the owners from the management team of Anker Andersen. The company will be a fully owned subsidiary of Färna Invest. The management team of Anker Andersen A/S will remain in the company.
Färna Invest is the major shareholder of multinational ventilation company Systemair and sole owner of RVM Systems. RVM Systems is specialized in reverse vending machines with headquarter in Järfälla, Sweden.
Gerald Engström, owner of Färna Invest says, “Färna Invest is pleased to have acquired Anker Andersen Group, a gem of a company that has a strong position in a niche market. We expect to see continued growth, especially with the attention given to circular economy, recycling and resource efficiency. We see synergies between RVM Systems and Anker Andersen, and combined both companies will have a major role in deposit return schemes worldwide.
Peter Rasmussen, managing director of Anker Andersen says, “I am very satisfied that Anker Andersen has found a new owner that fully believes in our company, will give the company optimal conditions to continue and increase growth and realized its full potential. Färna Invest is the ideal long-term industrial owner, and we look very much forward to working with Färna Invest and its company RVM Systems.
Anker Andersen in brief Anker Andersen A/S is the leading global supplier of industrial high-speed counting machines for the recycling industry. Our counting machines provide efficient and reliable counting and sorting of used beverage containers (UBCs) with deposit made from PET, glass or metal. Anker Andersen A/S has its head office and production unit in Toerring, Denmark. It has a subsidiary in Germany and sells its products to deposit systems for beverage containers across the world.
Peter Rasmussen, Managing Director Anker Andersen A/S + 45 30 66 73 20
Gerald Engström, Färna Invest, + 46 70 519 00 01
Anker Andersen in brief
Anker Andersen A/S is the leading global supplier of industrial high-speed counting machines for the recycling industry. Our counting machines provide efficient and reliable counting and sorting of used beverage containers (UBCs) with deposit made from PET, glass or metal. Anker Andersen A/S has its head office and production unit in Toerring, Denmark. It has a subsidiary in Germany and sells its products to deposit systems for beverage containers across the world.
Färna Invest in brief
Färna Invest is a Swedish investment company, which is the main owner of Systemair a group of ventilation product companies that employs over 6,000 people and has a turnover of 8.3 Billion SEK. Systemair shares have been quoted on the Mid Cap List of the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm since October 2007. The Group comprises about 70 companies. Färna Invest is also the owner of RVM Systems group active in Reverse Vending Machines for beverage containers and has investment in other companies spanning several industries.
The First Cash & Go in Estonia
In the autumn of 2014 the national deposit system in Estonia (EPP) opened a bottle redemption center at the outskirts of Tallinn. The new redemption center receives used beverage containers (cans, PET bottles, one-way and refillable glass) in bulk from the public.
The center is equipped with the latest model of the Cash & Go machine from Anker Andersen A/S, which is capable of counting and handling the empties with a speed of up to 300 containers/minute. The PET bottles and cans are sorted and forwarded into 20’ press containers in order to minimize the volume of the containers and to optimize transportation costs and thus reducing the CO2 emission. One-way glass bottles are sent into special containers. Refillable glass bottles are stored in crates for reintroduction at the breweries’ filling lines.
The redemption center has a footprint of 9.0 x 5.0 meters with a designated customer area of 1.5 x 4.0 meters, where the beverage containers are filled into the bulk feeder for processing. The customer interacts with the touch screen to start and finish the counting. When the counting is finished, the customer will get a receipt, which can be used at a supermarket center nearby.
The public has received the introduction of this new technology overwhelmingly, and the average amount of received beverage containers is about 16,000 empties per day, with a peak as high as 32,000 empties/day.
Cash & Go in Sweden
The first highly efficient self-service Cash & Go machine for used beverage containers has been installed in a waste management site in Norrköping – and the consumers are enthusiastic.
Drop & Go in Denmark
In cooperation with Dansk Retursystem A/S (operator of the Danish deposit and return scheme) Anker Andersen A/S has developed a new deposit return system, where you can quickly and easily return large quantities of empty glass bottles, PET bottles and cans and have your deposit transferred to your account shortly after.
The new concept is called Drop & Go, and the machine is able to receive up to 300 bottles/cans at a time and count up to 120 beverage containers per minute, which is three times faster than the reverse vending machines we know from the stores.
At present the Drop & Go machine is tested to find out whether this return method becomes popular with the consumers, and according to plan the system will also be tested at some of the summer music festivals in Denmark.
For further information about the Drop & Go system please see this news from the Danish TV-channel TV2 Lorry:
The Icelandic deposit system is automated
40 million cans and 42 million PET bottles – such are the numbers of used beverage containers which the Icelandic company Endurvinnslan HF annually collects, sorts and resells to the world market. Until the summer of 2008, all beverage containers were manually counted and sorted, but with the installation of five HLZ high-speed counting machines, Endurvinnslan has started to automate and make the deposit system more efficient, making handling of beverage containers much more profitable.
Increased refund accuracy
As part of the automation process, Endurvinnslan will replace the existing manual collection and sorting locations by a smaller number of automated collection stations based on HLZ machines from Anker Andersen A/S which will count, sort and compress the beverage containers.
So far, two HLZ high-speed counting machines have been installed in Endurvinnslan’s counting centre in the capital of Reykjavik and one machine in Keflavik; in addition, a number of decentralised counting centres are in the planning stage. With the change to automated counting and sorting, the registration accuracy has increased by more than five percent, resulting in much more accurate deposit refunds.
A profitable investment
Endurvinnslan’s investment in HLZ high-speed counting machines will pay for itself within a few years. The increased registration accuracy will reduce the deposit losses which they have had to accept till now, and the immediate compression of the containers will lead to considerable logistical savings as less space is required during transport. Furthermore, Endurvinnslan will make man-hour savings as one HLZ machine is able to handle many more containers than would be possible by manual handling.
A HLZ counting machine can be operated by a general worker and is very user-friendly. The counting centre in Keflavik has therefore – with great success – been established as sheltered workplace for people with disabilities, who are offered a worthwhile job with demands suited to their abilities.
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Fast and Efficient Sorting