Drum Business

Drums are the world’s most widely distributed shipping containers
and the best recyclable products.

Drums are not only a safe and reliable means of transportation as durable and fire-resistant containers.
They are also excellent because of their well-established reuse and recycling methods.
We continue to produce high-quality drums while also taking the environment into consideration.


Drum manufacturing process Introduction Video

Role and Characteristics of Drums

Steel drums with a capacity of 200 liters are distributed worldwide as containers based on the United Nations (UN) Recommendations and represent industrial containers. Drums are mainly filled with chemicals, fuel oil, lubricants, paints, pesticides, etc., and are used for transportation and storage.
The features of drums include high convenience and usefulness.Because of its shape, a 200-liter steel drum is said to be the largest container that can be easily rolled and redirected without special machinery or tools.
Furthermore, 200-liter steel drums are almost the same shape and size worldwide, making it possible to standardize domestic and international transportation and storage operations. They are recognized as highly convenient, durable, and fire-resistant containers and are widely used as a safe and reliable means of transportation.


Drums and Social Contribution

In times of disaster, these drums’ characteristics of convenience and usefulness will be their strength. During the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, power outages occurred for a long period. We provided drums from our company to transport fuel for in-house power generation and emergency power supply. We were able to contribute to maintaining lifelines in the affected areas. In the event of a heavy oil spill, open-head drums are used as containers to collect the spilled heavy oil. In an emergency, drums are valued for their versatility and ease of transport.


Recycling Flow

The reuse and recycling of steel drums have been established amid the demand for preserving the global environment and effective use of resources. About two-thirds of the steel drums distributed in Japan are collected by re-can manufacturers and recirculated as reconditioned drums after internal cleaning, shaping, and repainting. The remaining third that cannot be recycled is collected and processed by scrap dealers, transported to steelmakers for steel production, and used as raw materials for iron production. There is a well-established reuse and recycling system for steel drums. The recycling rate as a resource is practically 100% (except for environmental preservation), and drums are said to be the best recyclable products.

Drum Recycling Flow Chart