The named improvements to the centrifuge involved the use of a loose churn mounted on a spherical bearing of completely new design. This was really a revolutionary invention which is still used in various forms of centrifugal machinery. The invention was bought up by Koefoed and Hauberg in Copenhagen.
It was during these years that competition from foreign manufacturers of cream separators was on the increase and they eventually got into the Danish market. Koefod and Hauberg began to look out for markets abroad, and made contact with a large manufacturer of agricultural equipment, Lister and Co., in the small town of Dursley in Gloucestershire in England. In 1889 Koefod and Hauberg signed a contract with Listers. Koefod and Hauberg's separator with Mikael Pedersen's invention was called the "Alexandra"-Separator after King Christian IX's eldest daughter, Alexandra. (Who married the Prince of Wales, later to become Queen). From the start, there was a big demand for the separator. At one time Listers had committed themselves to supply "Alexandra" separators to the value of #27.500 to the Canadian market, but Koefod and Hauberg could not follow up with production.
As license fees to Mikael Pedersen and Jens Nielsen at Roskilde Maskinfabrik were also overdue, director Lister suggested that Mikael should come to England to copy the "Alexandra" separator, whilst Roskilde Maskinfabrik continued to deliver the parts direct. Mikael Pedersen and his wife Dagmar went to live in Dursley in 1893, and Listers began to manufacture separators themselves which were also called the "Alexandra" separator.
This, of course, led to a court case, as Lister had broken the contract with Koefod and Hauberg.
Proceedings in London lasted for two days and ended with Koefod and Hauberg winning the case. Lister was sentenced to pay damages to the ridiculously low amount of #1000. It was suggested to director Hauberg who was in England himself, that he should represent the case. Hauberg had previously had problems with Lister and Mikael Pedersen and he replied that he just wanted to get these difficult gentlemen off his hands as quickly as possible.
In England, Mikael Pedersen soon became a very wealthy man as the result of the successful sales of the cream separator. He rented the largest house in Dursley and was a very respected man in the town. Not only because he was well off, but also because he enjoyed being in the company of other people. His circle of friends didn't consist of just the upper class but included many of the town's working class. He formed a choir, took part in concerts in the town, established a music school and a cricket club for the young workers. He played at the town festivals and was very taken up with children's welfare. As a result of his rather fierce appearance; his tall build and full beard, the children were often frightened of him, but he bought them presents and held birthday parties for them, which helped a lot.
Poverty was rife in England at this time, workers received a very low wage for a working day of 12 to 14 hours. Mikael Pedersen had negotiations with Lister to improve working conditions but often in vain. Mikael Pedersen, however, found other ways of helping the workers, he paid for their children's school fees and uniforms, and on Sundays he went shooting rabbits in the countryside around Dursley giving his booty to the local housewives. Many tales are told of Mikael Pedersen and his rather special lifestyle which attracted certain attention in England at that time. He was very outspoken, expressing his meaning on all sorts of subjects without reserve. He could be very harsh and hard but he had a fine sense and humour and enjoyed practical jokes which amused the English. He was in reality a warm-hearted man willing to help his fellow men and involved himself in human problems.
Mikael Pedersen was a ladies man, he was charming and in his young days, quite a handsome fellow. He enjoyed a glass of beer and was often to be seen in the town's many pubs.