History

1856

The wine trader Johann Wilhelm Kraul and his partner Friedrich Ludwig Wilkening establish the company Kraul und Wilkening KG as a contract purification distillery.

1870

The company property in Hanover Misburg is acquired and becomes home to Europe's first molasses distillery, along with the related purification plants and the ethanol storage tank.

1916

The patent for manufacturing fertilizer out of stillage is registered.

1918

With the establishment of the Spirits Monopoly Administration of the German Reich, KWST became the contractor for the region of Northern Germany.

1945

The factory, destroyed several times during the war, is rebuilt.

1950

KWST builds and opens up first hydroselection rectification plant on the Continent.

1978

The company begins building up the marketing of ethanol for industrial and technical uses outside of the federal monopoly.

1980

The development and construction of the world's first energy-saving three-step pressurized rectification plant for high-quality alcohol is completed.

1983

A new, energy-saving dehydration plant is put into operation.

1984

During the construction of a fully-continuous molasses distillery (according to the Biostil process) the first water-treatment plant with anaerobic (biogas) is introduced in the distilling industry.

2001

Upon finally leaving the spirits monopoly, the company develops new markets in the area of spirits and cosmetics. In addition, an anaerobic/aerobic biogas plant with a high-performance (UASB) reactor is built.

2004

KWST is the first supplier to deliver bioethanol to the German fuel industry

2004

Commissioning of a new plant for producing 45,000 m³ p.a. of water-free bioethanol.

2005

KWST patents a proprietary process for manufacturing bioethanol and biogas from grain.

2007

The company's infrastructure is vastly expanded by a new boiler, cooling equipment and loading facilities.

2009

With the building of a product feeder pipeline and the company's own jetty on the Mittelland Canal, the logistics are expanded significantly and the company's position as a European supplier of ethanol is solidified.

2011

KWST establishes the subsidiary KWST Bioethanol Rockstedt GmbH, which in cooperation with a partner in Rockstedt is involved in the manufacturing of bioethanol out of waste material from the food industry.

2012

KWST starts up a steam generator powered by waste wood from the region and establishes the subsidiary KWST International GmbH

2014

KWST grows by integrating Mitsubishi Corporation as shareholder and strenghtens the strategic alliance with the global operating conglomerate.