The company is located in the municipality of Georgsdorf in the county of Bentheim. Here in the northwest of Germany, in the middle of the Bourtanger peat lands, you can find one of the most important cultivation areas for black peat.
The company belongs to the leading German manufacturers of cultivation substrates for German and international horticulture. It develops, produces and sells a wide range of professional substrates based on peat, and in recent years, increasing amounts of renewable resources.
The company belongs to the oldest peat-processing establishments in Germany. The historical roots of the company can be traced back to the first decades of the 20th century:
Development, trademark protection application and market launch of the new renewable substrate raw materials CocoSol® LignoTer® (based on substrate fiber compost) and CocoDrain® (made of rest materials from coconut husks).
Expansion of the Ligno Mix series by the Ligno Mix S with LignoDrain® for shrubs.
Market launch of the first peat free TerraBRILL potting soil.
30th time participating at the IPM in Essen.
Construction of the new coconut and raw material refinement plant.
Development and market launch of the potting substrate series Ligno Pot with substrate fibers.
Development, trademark protection application and market launch of the new renewable substrate raw material CocoSol® (made of fine rest materials from coconut husks).
Relaunch und optimization of the Brill BIO substrate series.
Certification of the BRILL BIO substrates according to Öko-VO 834/2007 by PCU.
Certification of the Brill's quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001.
Foundation of Brill Schweiz GmbH as an independent sales company in Switzerland.
Development and the beginning of the market launch of the Ligno-Mix substrate series for tree nurseries with LignoDrain®.
Market launch of Brill BIO substrates,
produced according to Öko-VO 834/2007 guidelines.
Construction of the fractionation plant.
Foundation of Brill France SARL as an independent sales company in France.
Foundation of the production company Geotec in Adria for the production and refinement of substrates and soils in Italy.
First use of wood fibers.
The external quality control by Brill begins: Brill receives its quality mark for substrates for the first time.
Foundation of Brill Papenburg Logistics GmbH, Papenburg to ensure the supply of raw materials from north and north-east Europe.
First use of substrate compost.
A third production line is founded in Georgsdorf to produce retail potting soils.
The firm’s site was transferred from Neuenhaus to Georgsdorf.
Gerrit Brill takes over the general management,
Gerrit Brill, a third generation Brill, takes over the company.
Introduction of the ''BRILL'' trademark.
Start of the industrial production of professional substrates for the professional horticulture by the installation of an automatic substrate mixing plant.
Basic electrification of the plant, thus ending the steam engine era; thanks to the mechanical engineer Fritz Brill, son of founder August Brill.
Start of the production and distribution of the first mixed products on the basis of peat, fertilizer and lime (so-called mixed peat fertilizers) in bales.
01. 06. 1920
Foundation of the Limited Partnership ''Georgsdorfer Torfwerk Gebr. Brill'' by the brothers August und Arnold Brill from Neuenhaus. Purpose: Extraction of white peat for sales in bulk and in bales, as well as the extraction and sales of black peat as an energy source.