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Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market - By Technology (Belt Filter Press, Centrifuges, Screw Press, Others), By Application (Municipal, Industrial), & Global Forecast, 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI1149
  • Published Date: May 2023
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Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market Size

Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market size valued at USD 4.9 billion in 2023 and is set to grow at a rate 9.6% CAGR between 2024 and 2032. The wastewater treatment industry has evolved from the conventional objective of wastewater management into a novel notion of ‘reuse, recycle, and recovery’ of resources. The sludge dewatering equipment as part of the municipal and industrial wastewater treatment & sludge management has gained significant attention in recent years.


Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market

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Shifting trends toward water reuse and resource recovery while attaining the additional benefits of public health protection and reduction in the environmental pollution will play a pivotal role in the sludge dewatering equipment market expansion. Stringent effluent and waste management standards & water discharge criteria across the globe are significantly intensifying the industry growth.


Rapid technological advancements & innovations have further resulted into a paradigm shift toward sludge dewatering and safe disposal as a part of the circular economy. The application of these systems to produce dewatered sludge available for utilization and economical disposal is gaining a significant prominence. Innovative wastewater management approaches that incorporate the integrated and interdisciplinary solutions are also becoming an area of growing research and development.

Governments around the world have been implementing stricter regulations concerning wastewater treatment and sludge disposal. This has led to a growing demand for sludge dewatering equipment to meet the requirements of environmental standards. Moreover, there is a growing emphasis on sustainability and resource recovery in sludge management practices. Sludge dewatering equipment that can efficiently remove water from sludge while enabling the recovery of valuable resources such as biogas or nutrients is gaining popularity.


The sludge dewatering equipment market has witnessed advancements in technology, leading to more efficient and cost-effective solutions. These include improved dewatering techniques, such as centrifuges, belt presses, and screw presses, as well as automation and control systems for better operational efficiency. However, growing demand of the product across various industry verticals owing need of water for drinking & operational purposes is said to poise the industry growth. The market is driven by the increasing need for sludge management across these sectors.


COVID- 19 Impact

COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges to the large scale-disruptions of supply & demand from the consumers along with wide scale closure of industrial operations has significantly impacted the sludge dewatering equipment market growth specially manufacturing & cement application industry. Similarly, operational disruptions in mining of raw materials significantly impacted metal processing & mining and chemical & petrochemical industries, thereby reducing the deployment & retrofitting of systems across the industry verticals.

Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market Trends

Rising demand for mobile dewatering systems which can be easily transported and deployed at various sites, has gained traction. It offers flexibility to different industries and construction projects where temporary sludge dewatering is required. In addition, the sludge dewatering equipment market has showcase advancements in technology, leading to more efficient and cost-effective solutions. These include improved dewatering techniques, such as centrifuges, belt presses, and screw presses, as well as automation and control systems for better operational efficiency.


Growing emphasis on sustainability and resource recovery in sludge management practices is boosting the system deployment across prominent regions including North America & Europe. Additionally, governments and regulatory bodies around the world are imposing stricter regulations on wastewater treatment and disposal. Sludge, a byproduct of wastewater treatment, needs to be properly treated and disposed of to prevent environmental contamination. Sludge dewatering equipment helps in reducing the volume and moisture content of sludge, making it easier to handle and dispose of in an environmentally friendly manner.


Increasing inclination for energy efficient systems coupled with rising need for resource recovery solutions across industry verticals is anticipated to have positive impact on the sludge dewatering equipment market growth. Sludge contains valuable resources such as organic matter, nutrients, and energy. Dewatering equipment allows for the extraction and recovery of these resources, which can be utilized for various purposes. For example, dewatered sludge can be used as a fertilizer or soil conditioner, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. It can also be used for biogas production through anaerobic digestion, generating renewable energy.


Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market Analysis

 Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market Size, By Technology,

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Belt filter press technology involves mechanical dewatering of wastewater sludge to cut down disposable cost. The technology involves successive placement of rollers which makes them highly efficient for dewatering applications. Regulatory measure to mitigate the impact of untreated municipal and industrial waste along with limited availability of land for landfills is creating significant demand for sludge dewatering equipment market.


In recent years, deployment of screw press has gained significant traction on account of its simple design, fully automated operation and low operating costs. The technology is primarily deployed across municipal wastewater treatment plants and pulp and paper industries. Screw press is defined as a simple and slow-moving mechanical device that achieves dewatering by continuous gravitational drainage. The technology is primarily deployed for material that are difficult to press. The sludge is conveyed by the screw through drum length and the filtrate is drained through the mesh.


Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market Revenue Share, By Application

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The sludge dewatering equipment have been predominant across wastewater treatment in industrial and municipal sector. Dewatering process reduces the water content of sludge thereby improving the efficiency and optimizing the operating costs. These units have primarily been deployed across pulp & paper, municipal waste treatment & other industries for wastewater treatment purposes.


Burgeoning population in urban centers across developing countries results in large scale waste generation for which landfill space is required. Limited availability of land for waste disposal across metropolitan centers has necessitated the establishment of onsite wastewater treatment facilities. Rising focus of the regulatory regime to minimize the adverse impact of undisposed waste on environment is facilitating the development of waste treatment infrastructure. This in turn is creating growth prospects for the sludge dewatering equipment market.


Increased discharges of inadequately treated wastewater along with rapid industrialization will thrust the deployment of these products. Ongoing investment toward establishment of wastewater treatment unit in existing manufacturing facilities on account of regulatory compliance will fuel the sludge dewatering equipment industry.


Asia Pacific Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market,

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The robust industrial growth in in line with governments’ decisive steps pertaining to waste recovery and treatment will boost the Asia Pacific sludge dewatering equipment market share. Robust population growth and limited availability of landfill has resulted in an increased pressure on the municipal wastewater and sludge treatment, which will enhance the regional business growth. To effectively cater the situation government are taking all possible measures to emphasize the installation of sustainable waste treatment systems including sludge dewatering.


The advancement of sludge dewatering technologies has made the equipment more efficient, reliable, and user-friendly. Improved equipment designs and innovative techniques, such as advanced mechanical dewatering methods, centrifugal dewatering, and filtration technologies, have made sludge dewatering equipment more appealing to industries in the Asia Pacific region.


Sludge Dewatering Equipment Market Share

Eminent players across the sludge dewatering equipment market are focusing on various strategic assets comprising innovative system range, merger & acquisition, robust research & development activities as a part of their strategic initiatives. Prominent industry players operating across sludge dewatering equipment market include

  • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
  • ENCON Evaporators
  • Veolia
  • Hitachi Zosen Corporation
  • Keppel Seghers
  • Alfa Laval
  • Huber SE
  • Flotrend LLC.
  • Phoenix Process Equipment
  • Aqseptence Group
  • Hiller Separation & Process GmbH
  • Komline-Sanderson

Sludge Dewatering Equipment Industry News

  • In March 2023, Atlas Copco Power launched a new series of electric submersible dewatering pump, the Weda D95 for industrial application including mining, tunnelling and construction. The product features a high chrome wear resistant impeller and solid-redirecting auxiliary vanes. The pump also features re-adjustable hydraulics which allow the pump to be simply realigned to compensate for any wear, thus prolonging its life.
  • In June 2021, Xylem launched a new series of industrial dewatering pump designed to significantly reduce energy, wear and tear, and maintenance costs across various industrial vertical. The newly launched product will find its application across mining & construction industries for dewatering purpose, thereby offering an efficient solution catering to the need of rising water issues.

This sludge dewatering equipment market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of ‘USD Million’ from 2019 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Technology,

  • Belt Filter Press
  • Centrifuges
  • Screw Press
  • Others

By Application

  • Municipal
  • Industrial

The above information has been provided for the following regions across the regions.

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada 
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
  • Latin America
    • Mexico
    • Chile
    • Brazil


Authors: Ankit Gupta, Shashank Sisodia

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market valuation of sludge dewatering equipment was worth more than USD 4.9 billion in 2023 and is estimated to grow at over 9.6% CAGR through 2032 propelled by the shifting trends toward water reuse and resource recovery.

The belt filter press technology segment is projected to record exponential growth through 2032 attributed to its cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

The Asia Pacific market for sludge dewatering equipment is predicted to depict strong growth driven by robust industrial growth, along with governments’ decisive steps pertaining to waste recovery and treatment.

Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, ENCON Evaporators, KONTEK ECOLOGY SYSTEMS INC., Veolia, Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Keppel Seghers, Alfa Laval, Huber SE, ANDRITZ AG, FlotrendLLC., Phoenix Process Equipment, Aqseptence Group, Hiller Separation & Process GmbH, Komline-Sanderson & SEBRIGHT PRODUCTS are the top companies engaged in the sludge dewatering equipment market.

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 17
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