Maxhütte OBM steel plant under demolition.

2001

Probably the last chance, after the demolition of the LD steel plant of Henrichshütte in Hattingen, to preserve a converter steel plant in Germany is wasted.
The OBM (Oxygen-Bodenblasen-Maxhütte) melt shop in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, built in 1974, with it’s three bottom blowing 65 t converters and the 1200 t hot metal mixer is under demoltion and will soon be gone:
VIDEO Bayrischer Rundfunk.

1/38. Hessische Berg- u. Hütten-AG, Wetzlar

1959 gab es in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland noch 156 Hochöfen an 38 Standorten. Alle Standorte und alle Hochöfen sollen in dieser Serie im Kurzportrait vorgestellt werden.

 

Hochofen 3, 1956

Hessische Berg- u. Hütten-AG, Wetzlar.
1959 waren in der Sophienhütte zwei Hochöfen in Betrieb:
Der Hochofen 1 mit einem Gestelldurchmesser von 3,8 m und der im Mai 1956 angeblasene Hochofen 3 mit einem Gestelldurchmesser von 4,5 m und einem nutzbaren Volumen von 408 m³. Beide wurden über Senkrechtaufzug und Setzkübel begichtet. Der Hochofen 2 wurde erst im Dezember 1962 in Betrieb genommen, zeitgleich wurde der Ofen 1 endgültig stillgelegt.
Die sog. “Berghütte” produzierte 1959 150.450 t Giessereiroheisen.
Die Roheisenerzeugung in Wetzlar wurde am 29.10.1981 beendet.

Hochöfen Wetzlar, 1962

 

 

 

Sheet Rolling Mill


Sheet metal has been rolled at the Siegen-Geisweid site since 1846.
VDM-Metals GmbH’s current quarto plate rolling mill was commissioned in 1977 by Stahlwerke Südwestfalen.
For this purpose, a DEMAG cold rolling stand dating from 1954 was converted into a hot rolling mill.
After a fracture in the roll stand the SMS Group replaced it with a new 2.7 m four-high stand in 2013. The drives were taken over.
In Siegen, VDM-Metals rolls high-alloy speciality steels which are mainly produced in ingot casting in Unna and rolled into slabs in Duisburg.
Further images.

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.

Dreischeibenhaus

Phoenix-Rheinrohr AG built its spectacular new headquarter (the “Dreischeibenhaus”) in Düsseldorf 60 years ago.
The 2400 ton steel structure was 95 meters high and designed by local architects Helmut Hentrich and Hubert Petschnigg.
In 1964 Thyssen took over the house before moving to Essen in 2010.