Press release 

Aalborg, Denmark 9 July 2021 


New majority shareholder at System Cleaners A/S 

The Swedish company AxFlow Holding AB, part of the industrial group Axel Johnson International AB, has acquired the majority holding of System Cleaners A/S. 

The former owners of System Cleaners will continue as minority shareholders, and it will be business as usual for employees, customers and suppliers. Axel Johnson International has 4,400 employees and 150 subsidiaries in more than 30 countries. System Cleaners will from now on be part of AxFlow Holding AB, a company with 1,100 employees and owned by Axel Johnson International.  

AxFlow is a well-known brand on the European market with values matching those of System Cleaners, and the foundation for the continued development of System Cleaners is now even stronger. The former majority shareholder Peter Jessen states: “A generational succession was imminent within the next 3 years, and I can’t think of a better and more future-proof ownership of System Cleaners from which the potential for solutions for safe food processing can be further developed”. 

Becoming part of AxFlow will create a wide range of new possibilities for System Cleaners’ customers, partners and employees. AxFlow has 30 years’ experience in the European food industry and a strong presence in Europe, making AxFlow a fantastic, long-term strategic partner for System Cleaners. Peter Freiesleben will stay on as CEO and the company will continue as an independent company with headquarters in Aalborg, Denmark. 

Being part of a big industrial group enables us to offer our customers an even stronger and future-proof sales platform and product portfolio for optimisation of cleaning processes in the global food and beverage industry,” CEO Peter Freiesleben states.  


About the companies: 

System Cleaners A/S is the globally leading manufacturer of open plant cleaning solutions for the food and beverage industry. With a product portfolio of high-quality automatic and manual cleaning solutions, we specialise in designing and producing standard and customised solutions which ensure a high level of food safety and hygiene. System Cleaners has been safeguarding top food and beverage brands for more than three decades and has installations in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

AxFlow Group makes up the Fluid Handling Solutions business group within Axel Johnson International. The AxFlow Group specialises in the marketing, distribution, and provision of complete sales engineering services for high-quality fluid-handling equipment. The AxFlow Group serves customers in the chemical & petrochemical, food, power generation, environmental, dockside, facilities management, and wastewater industries with equipment from world-leading manufacturers. High standards of technical competence, a comprehensive range of products and services, commitment and integrity have contributed to the company’s steady growth since its establishment in 1960. The AxFlow Group is active in 32 markets and has approximately 1100 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 320 million. 

Axel Johnson International is a global industrial group of more than 150 companies in 30 countries. We drive business development and growth through a long-term approach to ownership in strategically selected niche markets, primarily technical components, and solutions for industrial processes. Axel Johnson International is organised in six business groups: Driveline Solutions, Fluid Handling Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Lifting Solutions, Power Transmission Solutions and Transport Solutions. We are part of the Swedish family-owned corporate group Axel Johnson. 

For further information, please contact: 

Peter Jessen, founder and owner System Cleaners 
+45 20 76 42 26, 

Peter Freiesleben, CEO System Cleaners 
+ 45 20 99 63 52,