H2O GmbH

H2O GmbH

We are the leading producer of vacuum distillation systems for industrial wastewater management for the metal processing industry, automotive industry, aviation industry, machine building industry and many other industrial sectors. 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. Around the world customers rely on our effective VACUDEST vacuum distillation systems.

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Wiesenstrasse 32 , Steinen , 79585 Germany
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Business Type:
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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Vacuum evaporators for wastewater management from the experts for zero liquid discharge production

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 - 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 1,370 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.

Sustainable wastewater treatment system from H2O: For a zero liquid discharge production

The worldwide fresh water resources are becoming increasingly scarce, yet pollution in open waters continues to advance. In many industrial sectors wastewater is produced, creating a critical problem for our environment. Since our foundation in 1999 we are driven by our vision of a future free of wastewater, thus we are working on the most sustainable, effective and reliable wastewater treatment system possible. Using our state-of-the-art wastewater treatment systems we want to lastingly contribute to a zero liquid discharge industrial production, in order to enable future generations to live in a clean and healthy environment.

H2O - Pioneer in:

  • Industrial wastewater treatment system for a zero liquid discharge production
  • Energy efficiency
  • Vacuum distillation

Our mission is the sustainable processing of industrial wastewater for a wastewater free future. Our VACUDEST wastewater treatment systems guarantee a reliable investment and long term viability for our customers.

Today H2O, an owner managed company, belongs to the most experienced experts worldwide for the sustainable processing of industrial wastewater. As pioneers in the industrial application of vacuum distillation we succeeded in making this wastewater reusable.

The brand VACUDEST offers efficient, environmentally friendly and freshwater-saving wastewater treatment systems, allowing zero liquid discharge industrial production.

The professionalization and steady expansion of our services belongs to our fundamental quality requirements. A wastewater treatment system from H2O - A reliable investment in a future free of wastewater.

We work every day to come closer to our goal of a future free of wastewater. Contact us and make an appointment with one of our leaders for zero liquid discharge production!


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.

Our first subsidiary H2O North Europe AB in Sweden was founded.


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 Euros 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 waste water.

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 and 10th anniversary of our subsidiary H2O North Europe AB. 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 third subsidiary H2O Kunshan in China.


30th anniversary of our VACUDEST vacuum distillation systems.


Rely on 'German Engineering'. Create true benefits through highest quality.

The production process of our VACUDEST vacuum distillation systems is focused on highest quality. Since 2006 we are certified according DIN EN ISO 9001 and registered as a specialized company in § 19 l WHG (Water Resources Act). This will make sure that you can trust in the reliability of our systems.

The driving force for our excellence is our well educated and highly motivated staff. Based on a high degree of engineering competence, we manufacture our systems exclusively in our headquarters located in Steinen in the southwest corner of Germany. Top quality based on 'German Engineering' provides confidence that our systems enable a viable, effective and ecological zero liquid discharge production. We continuously improve our high quality VACUDEST vacuum distillation systems. We have made it our obligation to create genuine benefits through innovation: Self-cleaning heat exchangers, low maintenance systems and a reliable machine control system guarantee reliable processes.

As a result, you receive a crystal clear distillate which meets the highest standards. The top quality, efficient and environment friendly VACUDEST vacuum distillation systems are the right choice, anywhere and anytime.

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.

Business Code of Conduct

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.