More than 140 exciting years in Bielefeld and around the world

Our company has a long, very moving history. A lot has happened since our formation in 1876. Let us fill you in on our history and show you our exciting past – full of success stories and challenges. Get to know us better and follow ANKER’s progress from a traditional manufacturer of sewing machines through to a state-of-the-art, contemporary provider of innovative POS hardware.

  • 2017

    ANKER started out 140 years ago, and just 1.5 years after its re-formation it has successfully established the company on the market again, and is now the market leader in the German-speaking retail segment. The ANKER team works passionately on new products, solutions and sales markets. A totally new, state-of-the-art, multi-media presence also plays its part.

  • 2015

    ANKER was spun off from the Oracle Group in 2015 with the aid of private German investors. “ANKER Kassensysteme GmbH” is once again an independent manufacturer of POS components.

  • 1995

    The ADS ANKER Group was sold to the European Acquisition Company (EAC) in 1995, and it was later taken over by various companies including Torex Retail PLC and Oracle.

  • 1976

    The company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1976, and the company’s Managing Board filed for bankruptcy – ANKER failed to make the transition to electronic cash desk systems. In the same year Kurt Vorlop bought up the company’s assets. He continued the group’s customer service activities, and ADS-ANKER was formed.

  • 1965

    The company was renamed “ADS – Anker-Data-Systeme” in 1965/66. The new name reflected the start of the electronic age.

  • 1950

    The economic miracle started in the 1950s for ANKER – a new production program, the launch of the employee newsletter “Die Ankerkette” and the purchase of the “Anker-Burg”.

  • 1915

    The company was renamed to become “Anker-Werke AG” in 1915. Sales of cash registers grows to 50% of total income and for the first time this figure exceeds revenue from the other divisions.

  • 1901

    Otto Kramer became commercial director in 1901, and sole director just a few months later. Sewing machine and bicycle production became a success after a boom, and the company expanded.

  • 1900

    The first patent for a cash register was acquired this year.

  • 1895

    The company was transformed to become an AG (German Public Limited Company) in 1895: “Bielefelder Nähmaschinen und Fahrradfabrik AG vorm. Hengstenberg & Co.”

  • 1894

    The company started to produce bicycles in 1894 as sales were stagnating. The company renamed itself “Bielefelder Nähmaschinen und Fahrradfabrik Hengstenberg & Co.”. The brand name Anker appeared on a sewing machine for the first time this year – “Anker-Westfalia I”.

  • 1876

    Formed in 1876 by Carl Schmidt as “Bielefelder Nähmaschinen Fabrik Carl Schmidt” with 70 employees and a 16 horsepower steam engine.