Boortmalt Malting

Built: 1927 + 1974

Abandoned: 1990s

Demolished: 2009

Visited: 2006

Boortmeerbeek, Belgium

The roots of Boortmalt Malting starts in Boortmeerbeek in the year 1927. They produced 3.700 ton malt per year, gradually increased to 30.000 tons. A malting is a building that houses the process of converting barley into malt. Malted grain is used to make beer and whisky. Malting grains develops the enzymes that are required to modify the grain’s starches into sugars. Barley is the most common malt because of its high enzyme content. The grains used in this plant were stored in a silo, see my report here.


In 1988 the company starts shifting it’s activities to the port of Antwerp and the factory in Boortmalt is abandoned. The total capacity of the Boormalt group today is 308.000 tons malt per year. It is today one of Europe’s main producers and exporters of malt. The old buildings in Boortmeerbeek were demolished in 2009.

Photos of Boortmalt Malting

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