We are the leading manufacturer of wastewater recycling systems in the surface treatment, metal production and processing, aviation / MRO, chemical / pharmaceutical / healthcare, power generation and supply, electronic equipment and waste disposal and recycling industries. We manufacture our VACUDEST vacuum distillation systems for wastewater management following highest quality standards at our headquarters based in Steinen in the southern part of the Black Forest, Germany. `German Engineering` stands for highest quality and reliable solutions, providing wastewater management systems you can rely on any time. In more than 50 countries we support you with excellent vacuum distillation systems for wastewater management and our comprehensive expert know-how when creating zero liquid discharge productions. Customer satisfaction is always our top priority. We are more than just a supplier of vacuum distillation systems for wastewater management.
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- Industry Type:
- Water Treatment
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $10,000,000 US - $100,000,000 US
This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Wastewater management with vacuum distillation has been established on the market as the most economical method for the processing of a large variety of different industrial wastewaters.
Vacuum evaporators for wastewater management from the experts for zero liquid discharge production
We are your reliable partner, as pioneer we always think a step forward and inform you regarding potential savings and new technologies for industrial wastewater management.
H2O. The experts for zero liquid discharge production.
- Application center for zero liquid discharge production.
- More than 1,700 references for industrial wastewater management.
- Europe-wide service network.
- Worldwide e-service and fast spare parts supply.
VACUDEST evaporators for wastewater management from H2O.
Effective and reliable process Solutions.
- Market introduction of the VACUDEST vacuum distillation system: 1986
- Foundation of H2O as a management buyout: 1999
Since foundation of our manager owned company in 1999 we can show an annual growth of 16 percent, which is far above average. Since more than 30 years we develop technical solutions for industrial wastewater management with vacuum evaporators. Our annual expenses for research and development exceed 4 percent of our total turnover. We are driven by our employees innovative capacity and pioneering spirit and their passion to meet the self-imposed goal of a future free of industrial wastewater.
Join us for a short but exciting journey through 30 years of VACUDEST technology and more than 20 years of H2O.
Introduction of the product range vacuum distillation units at Mannesmann Demag Wittig
Construction of the first VACUDEST vacuum distillation unit for the treatment of solvents.
Registration of the brand VACUDEST
Construction of the first VACUDEST vacuum distillation unit for the treatment of wastewater.
Taking over by Gardner Denver Inc. USA and founding of Gardner Denver Wittig GmbH
Management buy-out of the vacuum distillation branch of Gardner Denver Wittig through our management Frank Schlegel and Matthias Fickenscher thus founding of H2O GmbH.
Relocation to the bigger production facilities in Maulburg.
Presentation of our first VACUDEST with the self-cleaning heat exchanger Activepowerclean at the Hannover Trade Fair. Exactly what industry had been waiting for!
We are one of the 'top 3' at the 'International Best Factory Award' of the Export Academy Reutlingen, Germany.
We took pride in winning the Baden-Württemberg Promotion Award for Young Companies.
H2O takes over the customer care and the after sales service of the German company VacuTec.
VacuTec was part of Wagner Magnete and produced vacuum distillation systems.
The foundation stone for the first phase of construction on the 6.600 m² plot in Steinen was laid. In the seven following years we invested a total amount of 2.8 million Dollar in 3 phases of construction in our new production and office building.
The new building´s motto is 'building is to believe in the future' – a zero liquid discharge future!
Relocation to the new office building and production facilities in Steinen.
20th anniversary of our trade mark VACUDEST.
Presentation of our new Clearcat series - crystal-clear distillate becomes true even when treating complex wastewater.
Our quality management system has been accredited according to ISO 9001:2000.
Introduction of the new VACUDEST series - easier maintenance and excellent acoustic insulation.
We celebrate 10 years of H2O.
Nomination of the VACUDEST Clearcat technology for the Environmental award of the German state Baden-Württemberg in the category 'Emission reduction, treatment and separation'.
We introduced our new convenient Vacutouch control panel – intuitionally operating.
The complete peripheral equipment is shown, additional remote control through ethernet or modem for simplified maintenance is possible.
25th anniversary of our trade mark VACUDEST. A reason to celebrate.
Founding of our subsidiary H2O Polska Sp. Z o.o. in Poland.
Founding of our sales office in Mexico.
We bring the double Destcontrol on the market. Our customers benefit from improved quality of the purified water and higher process reliability.
We introduce the new VACUDEST XXL. With a treatment capacity of 30,000 m³ / year it sets new standards in the market for energy-saving vacuum distillation systems.
Having actively implemented sustainability in the company as well as our products qualified us as an official partner of the Blue Competence sustainability initiative of the VDMA.
Establishment of our subsidiary H2O Kunshan in China.
30th anniversary of our VACUDEST vacuum distillation systems.
Foundation of the Swiss subsidiary H2O Suisse
Anniversary year: We celebrate 20 years H2O GmbH
Launch of our new VACUDEST XS Clearcat: Even our small units now achieve crystal-clear distillate
The first VACUDEST XL 16,000 leaves the production line of H2O GmbH. The system forms the 19th size to the VACUDEST series.
The extension building at the headquarters in Steinen is inaugurated: more space, modern technology and an even greater focus on sustainability enable 'working for the future'.
The new VACUDEST ZLD technology conquers the market. Users benefit from even better and more energy-efficient wastewater treatment and low disposal costs.
The year begins with a new innovation! To enable even more industries to become wastewater-free, we have developed our Purecat technology for drastic COD reduction. It improves the crystal-clear distillate of the Clearcat condensation stage by further 50 percent!
At our headquarters in Steinen, we have placed great emphasis on sustainable manufacturing. With our photovoltaic system, we produce enough electricity to almost completely cover our production needs and to supply our e-charging park for employees and the public.
Climate change, restructuring within the automotive sector and the digital transformation are major challenges that will certainly increasingly affect us in the coming years. However, we see this primarily as an opportunity to develop new innovative solutions for our existing customers, but also for new industries. That is why we are intensifying our efforts and will continue to invest in our research and development projects in the coming years.
At our production site, we also pay attention to the most sustainable corporate management possible. Above all, our extension building in 2018/2019 has enabled us to once again take further important measures. In addition to modernised workplaces for our employees, the construction of our charging park for e-cars was also an important step. With the new photovoltaic system, we can already supply this, as well as our production, almost completely with self-produced electricity. We are very proud of this and we hope to be able to make many more important and right changes.
We are a worldwide recognised partner to our customers and provide efficient processes and reliable solutions for the realization of a Zero Liquid Discharge production.
We accelerate the industry's transformation to sustainable water management
Water is one of the most precious resources on our planet. Yet the pollution in our waters continues to progress. Many factories also generate industrial wastewater that is problematic for our environment. That is why we develop reliable solutions and technologies for the sustainable treatment of this production wastewater for companies worldwide. Already today, more than 1,700 companies around the globe benefit from 'efficient processes and safe solutions' from H2O.
With 'German Engineering', we offer the highest quality that our customers can rely on at all times. Today, H2O GmbH is one of the most experienced experts in sustainable, industrial wastewater treatment. Since the registration of the VACUDEST brand in 1986, we have been pursuing the goal of protecting increasingly scarce water resources and making them economically renewable.An investment in the future for sure
We know that every process is unique - that's why our solutions are too. In trusting cooperation with each customer, we work in partnership to develop the wastewater solution that perfectly fits their process.
A safe investment in the future:
- Wastewater-free production
- Saving energy
- Reduce costs
And will still fit years later. Because the world is changing, productions and processes are changing, requirements are becoming more stringent. Our solutions are flexible, our innovative technologies unique. This guarantees our customers maximum satisfaction and long-term profitability. This is not only easy on the wallet, but also on the environment. That is precisely our goal. So that tomorrow's generations can also live in a clean and healthy environment.We don't sell machines - we sell solutions!
We work every day to help more and more customers achieve a wastewater-free future. Our contribution to solving one of the most urgent future problems of mankind: clean water for the world.
As employers we take responsibility for people, society, the economy and the environment. We are aware of this particular responsibility and base our actions in management of our company on the following values.
Sustainability and Partnerships
Sustainable, cooperative, responsible thinking guides our actions.
For us, SUSTAINABILITY means accepting social, economical, and ecological responsibility. Our innovative products are used for the sustainable processing of industrial wastewater for zero wastewater manufacturing. With this, we make an active contribution to environmental protection and the conservation of resources. At the same time, our durable products are economic benefit that is expressed in effective cost savings. Our social engagement as a training partner includes the training and continuing education of our own technical specialists and managers, as well as the support we provide to local association and aid projects around the world. That's the reason why we are Alliance Partner from the sustainability initiative Blue Competence. By using the trademark “Blue Competence”, we commit ourselves to these twelve Sustainability Guidelines of the Mechanical Engineering Industry.
With a corporate culture oriented toward PARTNERSHIP, we foster social connections with our employees, partners, and customers. Trust, fairness, and respect are at the center of our actions. A good working environment is a prerequisite for business success. We encourage a culture of excellence by accepting responsibility. We support our employees’ development with training and continuing education opportunities at our H2O Academy. Involving our employees in the company’s success is a matter of course for us.Premium, Innovative Strength, and Efficiency
Premium is the core value that characterizes the high quality of our products and services. As a result, we place special value on precision, attention to detail, and well-designed products. With the “German Engineering” quality standard, we develop high-quality, customer-specific system solutions. Our innovative skill and technological leadership give our customers the dependability of efficient production processes and the premium quality “Made in Germany”. Proactive consulting and service expertise as well as flexibility and speed in fulfilling customer requirements are our standard.
Innovative Strength for us means the obligation, as a future-oriented systems provider, to develop for our customers the best and most sensible, intelligent, and simple solutions that are custom-tailored to their needs. Our incentive here is to develop safe solutions for our customers that really inspire them. With our broad portfolio of products and services, we offer our customers a wide selection of uncomplicated and fast solutions. Our service is therefore also oriented towards customer proximity.
Efficiency is the driving value in the design of our technical processes. We use innovative technologies and products to make these processes simpler, faster, and more effective. As a technology leader, we place particular value on the on-going improvement of our development expertise in order to make our vision of a “zero waste water future” a reality. We pay particular attention to the energy efficiency of our vacuum distillation systems so that we can ensure economical operation with minimal costs for our customers. Innovative strength and a pioneering spirit are firmly rooted in our philosophy.Dependability and Cost Effectiveness
Dependability is our customers’ most important requirement and has various meanings. Our customers place value on secure investments and income dependability. Therefore, our services must be of particularly high quality and contribute a clear benefit. Our customers also want our systems and processes to function reliably, and to have confidence in the objective consulting that ensures them great cost savings. With our manufacturer’s guarantee “Made in Germany”, we want to make an active contribution to securing our location in Germany and the jobs of our employees.
Cost Efficiency to us means ensuring great cost savings for our customers with energy efficient, multi-optional, and flexible system solutions. Therefere, we ensure that you always receive the ideal innovative solution from us, coordinated to your requirements. Industrial standard solutions of inferior quality are nowhere to be found at H2O. With a pioneering spirit and the will to create products of the highest efficiency, we research the best and likewise simplest and most convenient solution for our customers. In doing so, we want to prepare a “complete worry-free package” for our customers on which they can rely at all times without fail.
H2O is a successful internationally operating company. This success is due in large part to our technology leadership but also it is due to our value-oriented corporate management.
In our partnership-oriented corporate culture, we pay close attention to maintaining social relationships with our employees, customers and suppliers. Trust, fairness and respect are always the focus of our actions. A responsible approach to our partners is firmly anchored in our value system. We all have a duty to live up to it, also in future.
For the most important topics, we have compiled a Code of Conduct for our business life, which also sensitizes us to legal risks. These rules apply to each and every one of us.
Thanks to our innovation oriented philosophy we were able to introduce several technologies in recent years, setting benchmarks in the market.
Reliable and effective process solutions for a zero liquid discharge industry
Innovative capacity and pioneering spirit are firmly anchored in our philosophy. Evidence of this is our progressive application center for zero liquid discharge production. An interdisciplinary expert team continuously works on developing future oriented solutions to improve quality of purified industrial wastewater and to recover valuable materials from the evaporation residue. Our innovation planning is strictly based on our vision of a future free of wastewater. Thanks to our innovation oriented philosophy we were able to introduce several technologies in recent years, setting benchmarks in the market.
Applicable across all industries - Efficiently reusing industrial wastewater
Over 1,700 satisfied customers from a wide range of industries are the reward for our more than 30 years of experience with the changing, high demands of our users. We successfully apply this expert knowledge, for example, in the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, shipbuilding, mechanical engineering, the household appliance and electrical industry, the chemical industry, the pharmaceutical industry or in specialist disposal companies from the recycling industry. By treating industrial wastewater with VACUDEST, these various industries make a valuable contribution to protecting the environment.
Continuous innovation process for more cost efficiency
Our high-quality wastewater treatment plant is undergoing a continuous innovation process. For us, innovation is a commitment to providing you with real benefits: The self-cleaning Activepowerclean heat exchanger, low-maintenance systems and the reliable Vacutouch machine control system are your guarantee for safe wastewater technology. Other options, such as the Clearcat condensation stage or the Destcontrol system, ensure distillates of crystal-clear quality that fall below even the strictest limits. The high-quality, efficient and environmentally friendly
VACUDEST wastewater treatment is therefore definitely the right decision at all times.
Our experts are continuously working on the further development of our VACUDEST systems. Thanks to our advanced technology, we will also find the right solution for your production. Treat your wastewater sustainably and reduce your costs to a minimum. In this way, you not only protect the environment, but also your wallet.