Bekaert Handling Group was sold to the Finnish competitor K. Hartwall. Axcel acquired the family-owned company Variantsystemet from the Ingvartsen family in 1997. The company manufactures roll containers and achieved a strong market position through the merger and acquisition of an English and a French competitor, respectively, in the spring of 2000. This also led to the name Bekaert Handling Group (BHG). The merger with K. Hartwall has further strengthened the company, which today commands a unique market position in a number of industry and logistics segments.