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AMCON to Pursue International Growth Strategy

Article - December 15, 2023

After half a century in business and with a new president at the helm, sludge treatment expert targets growth opportunities in Southeast Asia.

“We believe that expanding our sales by forming new global partnerships is vital for our business.”

Manabu Aizawa, President AMCON Inc.

AMCON, a company whose corporate philosophy is to “provide amenity (AM) and convenience (CON) beyond expectation”, was founded in 1974 and today caters primarily to the drinking water treatment, plastic recycling waste treatment; and livestock waste treatment industries.

As a sludge treatment machine manufacturer, one of the company’s standout products is its brand, VOLUTE, which includes the bestselling FS, GS and ES range.

Unlike more traditional methods of sludge treatment such as the centrifugal and belt-type methods, Volute products incorporate a cylinder that envelops the dewatering apparatus. 

While the GS and FS series have proved enduringly popular since the method was first launched in 1991, the VOLUTE DUO, which was developed through an in-house R&D project two years ago, has taken on the mantle of flagship product.

Incoming company president Manabu Aizawa explains: “Unlike our alternative best-selling products, VOLUTE DUO requires only one filtration unit while simultaneously encasing two Screws within the one filtration cylinder.”

Easy to operate and maintain with a clog-free self-cleaning mechanism, it also reduces power consumption by approximately 65% in comparison with a centrifugal dewatering machine.

The product’s success is one of the reasons the company is looking to develop its already established international presence. With existing bases in China and the Czech Republic, the firm has recently launched a new office in the Philippines, marking the start of an exciting new journey in the South East Asian region.  

Recruitment is also a key issue. Mr. Aizawa adds: “Our ongoing business strategy is centered around international expansion, and we view proficiency in English and a willingness to travel for market expansion as desirable attributes in prospective employees. Our goal is to imbue the next generation of AMCON workers with the confidence to innovate and create new works.”