The milestones of the company history
The master baker and brewer Johann Peter Ruckdeschel begins to establish his own malthouse and brewery business after his return from America.
His son, Johann Andreas Ruckdeschel, lays the foundation stone for the present-day headquarters, in his day on the green fields outside the gates of the town of Kulmbach.
Construction of the first pneumatic Saladin Box malting plant in Kulmbach to improve the well-known, high quality standards of IREKS malts.
1960 - 1970
The new large-capacity silo is erected in the Lichtenfelser Straße in Kulmbach together with a further Saladin Box malting plant which have been modernised continuously until today.
1970 - 1990
Installation of the first combined germination / kilning malthouse with a two-floor kiln for consequent energy recovery and gentle production the classiest smooth Pilsner Malts.
Implementation of one of the first gas-powered combined heat and power units.
Acquisition of the majority of shares of the STAMAG Stadlauer Malzfabrik in Vienna, Austria.
1990 - 2000
Foreign markets and international branches are becoming more and more important. Today, the IREKS Group does business in more than 90 countries, but always maintaining the charm of a family-related traditional company.
IREKS takes over the former UNIMA malthouse and, in this way, has a further site in Kulmbach for the production of the finest malts.
2000 - 2010
Takeover of the Sulzbacher Malzfabrik in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, which is located in the heart of the Upper Palatinate brewing barley belt, and the improvement of this, following the most modern aspects.
Integration of the Meussdoerffer-Malz Group and development of the site in Kulmbach into an exquisite facility for the production of aromatic caramel, roasted and speciality malts for bulk loading or for fully-automatic bag-filling and palletising suitable for high-rack warehouses.
2010 up to now
IREKS incorporates the modern Malzfabrik Schweinfurt with its production site at the dockside and therefore, via the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, has direct access to the European network of waterways from Rotterdam on the North Sea to Constanta on the Black Sea.
Even more than 160 years after the company was founded, IREKS still sees itself as a global family of companies dedicated to customer and service, with malthouses in Germany and Austria, where the unique company culture guarantees what customers are promised:
Naturally the Best.