British Steel Ltd.

former Tata Steel, Corus, British Steel Corp., Appleby Frodingham is on the verge of collapse.
Talks with the government on rescuing the steel group failed on Wednesday.
British Steel is owned by private equity group Greybull Capital, main products are rails.
According to Greybull shrinking orders due to Brexit-related issues and  difficult market conditions are to blame for the financial problems.

Blast furnaces Victoria, Anne, Bess and Mary.

DHHU 15000 t forging press.


At the end of the 2nd World War, the two largest forging presses in the world were located in the Ruhr area in Germany.
One, a 15000 ton 3-cylinder steam press, was located at Krupp in Essen and had also been built there in 1928.
The other was a 15000 ton 2-cylinder compressed air press built by Kreuser-Wagner in Dortmund.
This press was installed in 1932 at Dortmund-Hörder Hüttenunion.
The Krupp press went as reparation to Yugoslavia where it was later scrapped.
The DHHU press was dismantled in 1951 and sent to England where it was never rebuilt either.

With the help of an ancient plan I was able to locate the exact position of this press on the former Union site by now.

Klöckner’s first blast furnace in Bremen

Hochofen 4 Klöckner, Bremen was put into operation 60 years ago in April 1959.
Blast furnace 4 had a hearth diameter of 6,5 m and was meant to be the first out of 8 furnaces originally planned.
The beginning of integrated steel making in Bremen already marked the end of iron production in Klöckner’s Haspe and Georgsmarienhütte works in the long term.

Blast furnace 4 was finally closed down in March 1979.

Gienanth, Eisenberg

Giesserei Gienanth
The Gienanth iron foundry in Eisenberg, Germany, founded in 1735, is one of the oldest working industrial enterprises in south-western Germany.
Today the foundry runs a 30t/h hot blast cupola furnace, installed in 1978, four induction furnaces and three 60 ton holding furnaces.
Major products are blocks for stationary and ship diesel engines.
Further images.

The Last Blast Furnace In Duisburg-Ruhrort.

Hochofen 6 Thyssen in Duisburg Ruhrort.
50 years ago August Thyssen Hütte AG built the largest blast furnace in Europe at its plant in Duisburg-Ruhrort.
Blast furnace 6 had a hearth diameter of 11 metres, a volume of 2200 m³ and a total height of 100 metres. It was relined and modernized in 1983. Less than two weeks after the commissioning of the second blast furnace in Duisburg-Schwelgern, blast furnace 6 was shut down on November 9, 1993.
One year later, the 19,000 ton blast furnace was dismantled and shipped to India.
In 2000, the blast furnace was put back into operation 30 km south of Mumbai at Nippon-Denro-Ispats Dolvi works. Now called Dolvi No. 1.
In 2010, Ispat was acquired by JSW Steel.
In 2016, the former blast furnace 6 was replaced by a new 4.323 m³ furnace in just 4 days using the so called single block method.