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1912-1989

1912

Landowner Benő Kuffler founded the company's predecessor, which started as an agricultural distillery and uses sugar beet as its raw material.

1912

1938

The plant has a workforce of 50 and produces ethanol 96% v/v as a base product, a significant proportion of which is dehydrated. Dehydrated ethanol is mixed with petrol to produce a fuel called Motalko. The main raw material is still sugar beet.

1942

Electricity is introduced to the factory. It is generated by a steam-powered direct current generator and operates electric machines.

1942

1945

In the first days of February, the Germans detonated the factory, which burns for nearly 7 days as a result of a series of massive explosion. 80% of the facility is demolished.

1948

By the end of the year, rebuilding reaches a stage where production can begin. Production is still focused on molasses-based ethanol at the rebuilt plant.

1948

1959

Corn is introduced as a raw material. The factory switches to fermentation based on molasses and corn.

1969

Production of the popular Club 99 Scottish whiskey begins with 560,000 0.7 litre bottles per year.

1969

1971

In addition to bottling Club 99 whiskey, the bottling of other flavoured spirits begins. Output is up to 7 million bottles per year.

1978

Construction of a corn processing plant begins as a greenfield investment.

1978

1981

The corn processing plant is put into operation and production begins. Still in the same year, the bottling of Coca-Cola in Hungary begins at the factory's bottling plant.The corn processing plant is put into operation and production begins. Still in the same year, the bottling of Coca-Cola in Hungary begins at the factory's bottling plant.

1990-2003

1990/91

1990

Relocation of the crystalline dextrose plant and the native starch plant from Ászár to Szabadegyháza. Phase 1 of the privatization of the factory starts during this period, whereby the Austrian company Agrana is set to acquire 49% of the company’s shares.

1990/91

1993/94

Step 2 of the privatization of the factory, as Belgian Amylum also becomes a stakeholder in privatization as a professional investor and the plant is ultimately sold to Agrana and Amylum.

1995

A USD 40 million project for increasing the capacity is implemented, resulting in an increase in the plant's corn processing capacity to 1,200 t/day.

1995

2004-today

2004

Amylum is acquired by the British company Tate & Lyle and by Eaststarch, owned by US-based ADM, acquiring 50% of Hungrana’s shares between themselves. Hungary joins the European Union in the same year and Hungrana becomes Europe's largest owner of isoglucose quota with a production quota of 220,000 tons per year.

2004

2007

Production and distribution of GreenPower E85 fuel starts.

2007/08

With an investment of EUR 120 million, processing capacity for corn is increased from 1,500 tons to 3,000 tons per day.

2007/08

2011/12

Further increase of corn processing capacity from 3,000 tons per day to 3,500 tons.

2012

A biomass-based boiler line is launched, replacing one third of the company's natural gas consumption with green energy.

2012

2013

The new Pharma2 plant with a capacity of 900 hl/day is launched to produce ultra-high purity organic ethanol for pharmaceutical, cosmetic and other fine chemical applications. In the same year, Hungrana's production quota of 220,000 t of isoglucose is increased to 250,000 t, the largest in the European Union.

2015

ADM acquires Tate & Lyle's shares in Eaststarch and thereby acquires 50% of shares in Hungrana, besides Agrana holding the other 50%.

2015

2016

As a result of a HUF 2.7 billion investment, a pelletizing unit is launched to produce pelleted CGF (Corn Gluten Feed) from corn fibre and other protein-rich components.

2016

Hungrana wins the Hungarian Agricultural Quality Award.

2016

2017

The Fejér County Council and Hungrana Ltd enter into a strategic agreement.

2018

Construction of the fourth biomass boiler begins, with the aim of covering the company’s steam demand from renewable resources as much as possible.

2018

2019

The fourth biomass-based boiler is launched with the result of covering two thirds of the company’s steam demand with renewable resources. Thus our annual natural gas consumption is reduced by 10 million cubic metres and the carbon-dioxide emission by twenty thousand tonnes.

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