Established in 1856. Kraul & Wilkening u. Stelling KG-GmbH & Co, a midsize company resident in Hanover for over 140 years, produces and refines alcohol of the highest quality. KWST provides the entire range of agricultural alcohol products from its own production for use in numerous applications. In addition to the spirits and cosmetic industries, the principal customers are the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as manufacturers of paints, films and plastics. With an annual output of over 200,000 hectolitres of ethanol and storage capacity for over 20,000 cubic metres of ethanol, the Lower Saxon company is one of Germany's leading producers of alcohol from renewable raw materials. Ethanol storage space of KWST is one of the biggest in Germany comprising a volume of 22.000 cbm (cubic metres).