Screw Compressors

Rotary Twin Screw Compressors for industrial refrigeration, gas processing and other industries

Rotary twin screw compressor technology was developed in the 1930s by a Swedish company, SRM, in collaboration with Howden. We manufactured the world’s first operational screw compressor and further developed the technology in the 1960s with the introduction of the oil injected twin screw compressor. This has revolutionised designs of refrigeration and gas handling plants worldwide.

Today, in thousands of installations worldwide, our oil injected screw compressors provide high integrity, low maintenance solutions for liquid chilling, direct refrigeration and gas compression applications.

Howden manufactures oil injected and oil free rotary twin screw compressor packages, and supplies bare shaft oil injected screw compressors.


Screw Compressor Product Range

40,000 installed Base

Howden is a global leader and OEM in Screw Compressor technology.

50-60 year life span

Howden screw compressors are robust and reliable, and are a testament to our engineering excellence.

165 years of engineering experience

Howden developed the original screw compressor in conjunction with SRM, we have a history of constant innovation.

350 skilled associates

To design, manufacture and deliver our compressors to customers worldwide.

Celebrating 75 years of the Howden Screw Compressor

A history of constant innovation - Please read our 75 year anniversary e-book celebrating Howden’s rich history and evolution of the screw compressor technology. This book has been written by Kerr Bryson, who retired in 2021 after over 50 years’ service at Howden, starting as an apprentice in our Renfrew factory.

Editor: Laura McCusker Author: Kerr Bryson

Read E-Book


Oil Injected Bare shaft Screw Compressor

Oil Injected Bare shaft Screw Compressor

We are a specialist manufacturer of twin screw compressors. We supply oil injected bare shaft compressor units to independent packagers worldwide who design and supply gas and refrigeration systems on a local basis.

Oil Injected Screw Compressor Packages

Oil Injected Screw Compressor Packages

Our innovative modular designs, alternative sourcing and competitive pricing allows us to offer an OEM solution to the Industrial, Power and Refrigeration markets, whilst maintaining the highest possible quality standards.

Oil Free Screw Compressor Packages

Oil Free Screw Compressor Packages

Oil free screw compressors are available in different configurations and materials providing the most compact arrangement, to allow the handling of gases with high levels of liquid, dirt and particulates.

Manufacturing Excellence

World Class API Standard Manufacturing

Howden manufacture the industry’s largest and most versatile range of oil injected and oil free screw compressors from the global centre of excellence for compression technology in Renfrew, Scotland. The Renfrew facility has 5 dedicated test beds for carrying our performance testing. Here the rotors, casings and assembly are performed onsite

  • Complete package string test
  • Third Party Witnessing
  • VSD functional tests
  • Full mechanical run test
  • Noise & vibration tests
  • $1.0M test facility upgrade in 2011

Learn more about our manufacturing capabilities


Service and Upgrades

Supporting you throughout the lifespan of your equipment

Howden provides a lifelong aftercare service, from supplying original Howden spare parts to providing expert maintenance services and engineering trouble-shooting.

Howden factory trained technicians are able to perform complete overhauls of your existing screw compressors at a very competitive price, saving you money and unscheduled downtime.

Our technicians  will disassemble and perform a thorough inspection of all your compressor comments.

Find more information below detailing our Screw Compressor Aftermarket expertise -


Howden Service Agreement

With a Howden service agreement, you get optimised maintenance and proactive support to improve the performance of your equipment, resulting in higher reliability and availability and lower operating costs.

Performance upgrades and retrofits

Our performance upgrade teams are specialists in extending the life of our equipment. Often called retrofits these projects come about as a result of technology improvements which allow us to upgrade the equipment and improve its performance.


How screw compressors work

Twin screw compressors principles of operation.

How screw compressors work


World pioneers of Rotary Twin Screw Compressors

Download your copy of the brochure


Email Address

First name

Last name









If you would like to submit an enquiry please get in touch.