1971  

The year Orwak was founded by Olof Robert Wilhelm Åkerberg, who came up with the original idea and gave Orwak its name based on his initials (K = Komprimatorer “compactors”). The business concept built on the idea of safe and clean waste compaction and the first in-bag-compactor Orwak 5030, a patented solution, was invented and displayed at major exhibitions in London and Paris.

1973 

The year when Orwak went international! Several distributors were established in Europe and the start of Orwak UK was a success from day one. Orwak were committed to giving its customers the possibility of sorting and compacting in one machine and the models Orwak 5032 and Orwak 5033 were born.

1978

The first big baler was designed and Orwak was the pioneer in marketing a unique concept – the Multi Chamber Baler. This system later became a huge success that contributed to Orwak’s continued growth worldwide.

Orwak 5030 road tour2 Orwak 5030 feeding from above
On the road with the waste compactor on the trailer, convincing the customers by putting the unit to test.

The 1980’s

Orwak conquered the supermarket business in the UK. All major target groups chose our unique multi-chamber-baler model 8020 and thousands of units were installed! A number of new markets and distributors were developed.

Orwak USA Inc. was inaugurated. The unique trash compactor Orwak 5030 was readily accepted by major fast food companies, restaurants and hotels. Model Orwak 8010, the fastest down-stroke baler in the world with a cycle time of just 10 seconds, was born!

The French market was first to demand a compactor for plastic bins and Orwak was first again, introducing its simple but effective in-bin-compactor model Orwak 4000.

     
  California in the 1980s                                                              8020, one of thousand installations   

The 1990’s

The 90s was an era of globalization! Orwak entered the Japanese market and our heavy-duty baler model Orwak 5070-HD was launched, at first targeted at the Japanese market with tough requirements for speed and bale density. In 1998 Orwak started a sales company in Poland – a promising future market!

Orwak continued to expand and moved to new production facilities. The smallest (model 3100) respective the biggest (model 3600) Orwak baler so far were born and Orwak also introduced a compactor for larger plastic bins – model Orwak 4100. 

2000-2010   

Orwak introduced automated solutions; Brickman briquette presses and horizontal balers in the range, received the Japan Export Trade Award and successfully entered the Russian market.

   
Brickman – always ready!                                       The Japanese Export Trade Award

2005-2015

Orwak belonged to Tomra but relaunched the Orwak brand when joining the San Sac Group in 2015.

2013-2018

Innovative product launches: TOM the cool automatic waste bin, the dynamic POWER range of intelligent balers and the in-bin compactors 4240/4360.

Strategic acquisitions in the group: Orwak North America, US (2016), Orwak-Easi UK (2017), ATS-Orwak, Sweden (2017), Proshop, Russia (2018) and Orca Group, France. 
3820 wide gate                                                  Tuxedo TOM_transparent

POWER 3820 with extra wide loading gate                   TOM entered the stage in style

2019

Orwak celebrated machine no. 100 000 since the start in 1971.

2020

In January, it was announced that Sulo, a global company headquartered in France, acquired Sac Group Group. In december, Orwak launched the extra low-built baler Orwak 3220.

2021

Orwak celebrated 50 years as a dedicated actor in the recycling industry and the waste management world. A range of semi-automatic horizontal balers were launched at the anniversary event.