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.
Howden is a global leader and OEM in Screw Compressor technology.
Howden screw compressors are robust and reliable, and are a testament to our engineering excellence.
Howden developed the original screw compressor in conjunction with SRM, we have a history of constant innovation.
To design, manufacture and deliver our compressors to customers worldwide.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
Twin screw compressors principles of operation.
Howden wins Service and Solutions award at the Energy Industries Council Awards
Howden will supply two screw compressor packages to Majnoon oilfield, near Basrah, Iraq.
Howden screw compressors aid vapor recovery in first of its kind floating production system; Howden contributes to emission control in Gulf of Mexico
In May, VMC hit an important sales milestone by placing orders for Howden bare shaft screw compressors, taking the total to over 1000 compressor units sold within South America.
Howden to supply world leading oil free screw compressor technology to the international nuclear fusion research project ITER in France