A drum thickener is an industrial device used in the filtration process. In simple words, a drum thickener accumulates solid contents present in wastewater slurries and reduces the overall volume of sludge. These types of drums are used for preparation of waste disposables or for the dewatering process. As the slurry enters the rotating drum, it gets distributed into the horizontal drum made of stainless steel. As the drum rotates, the slurry passes through the filter panels and gets discharged from the other end of the drum. Apart from their application in treating wastewater across industries, drum thickeners are also used in poultry processing, slaughterhouses, and tannery.

Global Drum Thickener Market – Competition Landscape

The global drum thickener market is highly fragmented, with the presence of some of the key players serving worldwide as well as regional players serving the regional markets. Organized players are highly concentrated in the North America and Europe markets, owing to presence of a high concentration of wastewater treatment plants in these regions.

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Andritz AG is an Austria-based public limited company specialized in the production of drum thickeners. The company operates in key industries such as aluminum, automotive, chemical, food & beverages, marine or offshore, oil & gas, and recycling. As of 2018, the company had approximately 29,000 employees across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, and South America.

Parkson Corporation

Parkson Corporation has more than 20 years of experience in the field of rotary drum thickener systems. The company is a manufacturer and supplier of equipment and solutions for applications such as potable water, processed water, and industrial and municipal wastewater. The company was established in 1960 and it was acquired by Axel Johnson Inc. in 1967. The company has presence in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

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COSME S.R.L is an Italy-based company specialized in the manufacture of compacting equipment, screening and filtration equipment, biologic treatment equipment, sedimentation equipment, sludge treatment equipment, and ultra-filtration equipment. The company’s equipment have been installed in various civil, industrial, and agricultural wastewater treatment plants in Italy and other countries across the world.

AKW Apparatus + Process GmbH

AKW Apparatus + Process GmbH focuses on the production of engineering equipment. Established in 1963, the company is also engaged in the manufacture of washing and scrubbing drums, wet classification screens, hydrocyclones, high-performance attrition cells, spirals, high-performance thickeners, and dry separation machines. The company has its presence in Germany, Russia, China, and Brazil.


Established in 1883, ALFA LAVAL is a prominent player involved in the manufacture of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling equipment. The company operates in energy, environment, and food industries. The company has 42 production units spread across Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. The company has 17,000 employees working across India, China, Sweden, Denmark, the U.S., and France.

Other Prominent Players

Apart from these key players, JWC Environmental, Valmet Oyj (GL&V), HUBER SE, and SALTEC International are also engaged in the manufacture of drum thickeners.

Global Drum Thickener Market: Dynamics

Global drum thickener market to expand due to rising demand for wastewater treatment

The global drum thickener market is anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period, due to rise in the demand for wastewater treatment. Increasing awareness about the importance of water reuse led by depletion in groundwater levels has resulted in rising demand for wastewater treatment. This, in turn, is anticipated to fuel the demand for drum thickeners during the forecast period.

Fluctuation in prices of raw materials for drum thickeners restrains the drum thickener market

Fluctuations in prices of raw materials required in the manufacture of drum thickeners is one of the key restraining factors for the global drum thickener market. Drum thickeners are made of several materials such as steel, iron, and aluminum. Fluctuations in prices of these materials highly impact the overall cost of drum thickeners. This restrains the global drum thickener market.

Global Drum Thickener Market – Segmentation

In terms of product, the global drum thickener market can be divided into:

  • Gravity Belt Thickener
  • Rotary Drum Thickener

Based on capacity, the global drum thickener market can be classified into:

  • Less than 25 m3/hr.
  • Between 25 m3/hr. and 50 m3/hr.
  • Above 50 m3/hr.

In terms of application, the global drum thickener market can be segmented into:

  • Sludge Treatment
  • Water Treatment
  • Others (Agricultural Lands, Textile, etc.)

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