OWS was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Ghent, Flanders. The company is best-known as the designer of Dranco installations for waste processing. These installations make it possible to process organic materials, such as food waste, into compost and biogas. Both can be used to generate green electricity. However, constructing and commercializing these large installations is a long and risky process.
Therefore, OWS also focuses on lab activities that guarantee more stable revenues. That’s how the company became a world leader in the determination of biodegradability and compostability as well as a top 5 player in the conversion of household waste and other organic materials. These activities account for over half of its turnover.