A multi-site industrial group
Created in 1880 for the distillation of alcohol from beet, the Brabant Group has developed its expertise in industrial chemistry over many years. Nowadays, it is a leading player in the regeneration
of alcohols and solvents, the denaturing and sale of alcohols, as well as the distribution of solvents and petroleum products. With its numerous production sites and its highly effective technology and processes, its experience and skills are widely recognized. Its approved quality, safety and environment approach, its industrial, family and social values make it a reliable, resourceful and global partner of companies everywhere.
Expertise created from distillation
In 1880, Paul Brabant created a company distilling alcohol from beet near Lille, at Tressin, a town with a railway link, cultivating beet and cereals. He gradually developed his savoir-faire and after the First World War, his son, Pierre Brabant diversified the company’s activities by selling industrial and household alcohols, thus, increasing his clientele. He was joined by his sons, Pierre and Maurice, in 1935 and he spread his activities, in particular, to the Loiret region where he set up an alcohol transformation workshop and to the Loir & Cher region where he created another alcohol manufacturing unit. Pierre Brabant died in 1953, the year in which Mendès-France decreed the axing of 90% of beet distilleries which resulted in the Tressin company abandoning the transformation of beet into alcohol.
An industrial and family culture
During the 1950s, the chemistry of petroleum products was blossoming. Benefitting from its industrial and hardware clientele, the Brabant Group extended its activities from alcohol trading to the trading of solvents (White spirit, acetone, ethyl acetate, etc.), particularly with ink and varnish manufacturers, printers and pharmaceutical and industrial chemical laboratories. However, Pierre and Maurice Brabant (3rd generation of directors) were heirs to a truly industrial culture. They wanted to use their expertise to the best advantage.
In 1960, they came up with a novel and revolutionary idea of recuperating their customers’ used solvents and recycling them by distillation. Their long experience enabled them to master this process. A new type of skill was being created and, over the years, it has increased. The regeneration of solvents is now one of the principal spearheads of the Brabant Group. It is carried out in several of Brabant’s production sites, fulfilling the demands of its customers in France and Europe.
A customer-oriented culture and a sense of continuity
Customer culture is in the Group’s genes. Driven by its directors, this customer culture is reflected in a continual search for the most suitable, “tailor-made” solutions, for proximity and resourcefulness as well as impeccable service. Furthermore, this customer culture is an integral part of the sense of continuity of a family-run group. Fully aware of its economic, social and community responsibilities and closely involved in developing the industry, the Brabant Group continues to invest in its manufacturing processes in order to progress in quality, safety and environment protection.