People. Machines. Adding value.

“Behind every machine, there is a person. Behind RUF briquetting machines, there are people who create added value.”


- Hans Ruf, company founder -

When Hans Ruf introduced his first briquette press in 1985 and sold it to a wood processing plant, people didn’t yet know how residual materials in production could be made efficient use of. Today, approx. 35 years later, RUF Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG is the world market leader for hydraulic briquette presses and is considered to be a pioneer in briquetting. The company is now managed by the second generation of the founding family – sons Roland and Wolfgang Ruf. More than 100 employees develop and manufacture modular briquetting machines and solutions to produce briquettes from wood, metal and other residues.


On a production site that now spreads across 13,000 m² in Zaisertshofen (Bavaria), more than 10,000 pressing tests have been conducted and more than 5,000 briquetting machines manufactured, which are in use in more than 100 countries.

RUF briquetting machines: 100 % Power made in Germany for more than 35 years!

Preserving value. Adding value.

As a leading supplier of hydraulic briquette presses, sustainability is at the heart of the machine manufacturing operations of our Bavarian family company. The long service life and the low level of wear and tear of our briquette presses help to conserve resources and also vouch for our high quality standards.



RUF briquette presses are the key to long-term, successful eco-efficiency. This sustainability concept starts with the production of the briquette presses themselves – the photovoltaic installation at our company premises actually generates more energy than is needed for our production processes.


We see ourselves as a full service provider and reliable partner for all aspects of briquetting. From construction and manufacture, via assembly and commissioning, right through to the maintenance and servicing of your system, we are your point of contact for expert support. Your satisfaction is our top priority. We aim to secure this through our many years of experience and by providing you with needs-based solutions.


We put into practice our philosophy of value preservation and value enhancement which  also includes a very special quality promise to our customers: “Power made in Germany!” This promise provides you with assurance that our RUF briquetting machines are custom-made by our skilled workers, right down to the smallest detail. The long service life of the machines is further enhanced by the high proportion of production steps carried out in-house. Our extensive spare parts warehouse guarantees fast response times.



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> 5.000
machines sold


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Sustainability with tradition From a company providing services to the forestry industry to the world market leader

Facts & figures:

1969 Hans Ruf founds a company providing services to the forestry industry
1982 Patenting of the first briquette press for organic residues
1988 Sale of the first metal press
1994 Construction of a 1,700 m² hall for the manufacture
1997 Start of series production of briquette presses for small-scale processing
1998 500 briquette presses supplied to more than 56 countries
2004 Construction of and move into new office building and new production and warehouse halls
2004 Founding of the subsidiary RUF UK
2008 Expansion of the production area to 13,000m²
2008 Founding of the subsidiary RUF US
2010 Founding of the subsidiary RUF SE
2012 Sale of the 3,000th briquette press, Ruf now supplies more than 100 countries
2015 More than 100 employees
2016 Running of the business taken over by the founder’s sons, Roland and Wolfgang Ruf
2018 Sale of the 4,500th briquette press
2018 Acquisition of C.F. Nielsen A/S, with headquarters in Baelum, Denmark
2018 Ruf conduct their 10,000th pressing test
2019 50th anniversary of RUF
2019 5,000th sold briquetting machine