The wine trader Johann Wilhelm Kraul and his partner Friedrich Ludwig Wilkening establish the company Kraul und Wilkening KG as a contract purification distillery.
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.
The patent for manufacturing fertilizer out of stillage is registered.
With the establishment of the Spirits Monopoly Administration of the German Reich, KWST became the contractor for the region of Northern Germany.
The factory, destroyed several times during the war, is rebuilt.
KWST builds and opens up first hydroselection rectification plant on the Continent.
The company begins building up the marketing of ethanol for industrial and technical uses outside of the federal monopoly.
The development and construction of the world’s first energy-saving three-step pressurized rectification plant for high-quality alcohol is completed.
A new, energy-saving dehydration plant is put into operation.
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.
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.
KWST is the first supplier to deliver bioethanol to the German fuel industry.
Commissioning of a new plant for producing 45,000 m³ p.a. of water-free bioethanol.
KWST patents a proprietary process for manufacturing bioethanol and biogas from grain.
The company’s infrastructure is vastly expanded by a new boiler, cooling equipment and loading facilities.
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.
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.
KWST starts up a steam generator powered by waste wood from the region and establishes the subsidiary KWST International GmbH.
KWST grows by integrating Mitsubishi Corporation as shareholder and strenghtens the strategic alliance with the global operating conglomerate.
Our actions and conduct are intended to preserve an intact environment and foster peaceful and prosperous cooperation of all human beings throughout the world, Europe, Germany, Lower Saxony, and in our immediate neighborhood.
Against this backdrop, we have developed a mission statement for our business conduct that is based on fairness, reliability and sustainability .
We seek to follow these three principles in our daily lives and our business transactions.
Human rights, the German constitution (or “Basic Law”), our Christian values and moral principles are the standards by which we are measured.
In this sense, we are committed to:
Protecting the environment and its natural resources by using renewable raw materials as feedstock, energy-saving and resource-friendly processes, and acting efficiently and effectively
Equal treatment of all persons and rejection of every type of discrimination
Fair, open, and honest dealings with employees and business partners
Engaging in business relationships among equals with comparable opportunities and risks
Maintaining long-term business relationships on the basis of honest and trusting cooperation
A well-trained and motivated workforce
A safe and congenial working environment for our employees
A solid and reasonable return on investment for the shareholders and financial partners
Free and fair competition and vigilance against all types of corruption
Compliance with national laws and regulations
We feel an obligation towards our environment and fellow human beings, in particular, however, towards our employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers and partners.
Facts and figures
The following facts and figures, describe our company, our capacities and our advantages at a glance:
In 5 continuously operating distillation plants, on more than 330 days out of the year we produce highly purified neutral alcohol from grain, sugar beets and sugar cane. With a capacity of over 80,000 m³, we are among Germany’s largest producers of industrial alcohol.
We in large part developed the plants on our own and build them with competent partners from the region. This allows us to ensure that our standards for sustainable and highly-efficient production can be fulfilled. In production this means for us:
In order to ensure and continually improve upon the high standard in production, at KWST. Special emphasis is placed on initial and further training of employees. A high level of expertise is one of the critical success factors for the company.
The key production facilities are located at the Misburg site:
Rectification and dehydration
Recycling and wastewater recovery
Loading and denaturing facilities
In its long history, KWST has gained substantial experience on the topic of sustainability. Since the 19th Century, the company has been producing bioethanol with high efficiency on the basis of renewable raw materials and a highly-favorable CO2 balance. Power of innovation is one of our company’s key assets and has enabled us to continually expand ethanol production over several decades. Not least, this results in decisive advantages for our customers, which is also reflected in various certificates:
Based on the requirements of the “Codex Alimentarius” and the key statutory regulations, our production continuously undergoes testing according to an HACCP study.
By involving all employees in the further development of the processes relevant to quality, we are constantly advancing our continuous improvement processes according to the theme, “achieving greater quality together”.
Press Release 22th October 2014
KWST enters into a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi
Kraul & Wilkening u. Stelling GmbH (KWST), a Hannover-based manufacturer of ethanol with a long-standing tradition, has joined into a strategic partnership with global operating conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation (MC). By taking on Mitsubishi Corp. as a minority shareholder, KWST has transformed the previous existing cooperation in the area of Ethanol- procurement into a long-term strategic alliance.
The new alliance enables the still largely family-owned KWST GmbH to expand its position on the international ethanol-distribution market. It offers KWST a strong base and supports the company’s ongoing growth strategy in the area of global-integrated sourcing of ethanol and for tapping new markets. Thereby KWST can guaranty high-quality ethanol at a fair market price for its European partners.
Executive Director Ludz Wilkening said: „In order to continue our business-model and at the same time remain one of the leading suppliers of ethanol in Germany and Europe we need strong and reliable partners. With Mitsubishi Corporation we have found the ideal partner for KWST and are pleased to integrate MC in our ownership structure.”
The board of directors of KWST and the existing shareholders are confident that the new, global operating partner will support the creation of a sustainable base for the long-term future of the company as well as promote its continuous development.