BGH (Boschgotthardshütte) Freital is a speciality steel mill just outside of Dresden, Germany.
It was founded in 1855 under the name Sächsische Gußstahlfabrik benefited by the local iron ore and coal deposits.
After the second world war it was completly dismantled by the Soviets and rebuilt afterwards now called VEB Edelstahlwerk 8. Mai 1945 (date of the German capitulation).
The mill employed more than 5000 people and used to bet he largest speciality steel producer in the former DDR.
After the German reunification in 1990 the work force succesfully fought for the survival of their steel mill and Freital was privatized by the West German entrepreneur Rüdiger Winterhager from Siegen.
Today BGH Freital produces speciality steel in a 42 ton electric arc furnace and a downstream ladle furnace plus a VOD facility for further steel refining.Casting is done in a continuous horizontal caster or by teeming ingots.
The rolling department includes a blooming mill and a bar and wire rolling mill.
The forging division contains a continuous forging machine and a hammer mill.
BGH Freital employes more than 600 people.
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.
a CASTOR at the Siempelkamp foundry. Krefeld, Germany in 2005.
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.
Another German steel foundry had to close it’s gates.
After producing iron and steel castings for 120 years, Schütte Meyer & Co. in Iserlohn-Letmathe made it’s last pour in early April. Images here.
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.
Almost unnoticed another tradition-steeped company passed away last March.
The former Buderus Spezialguss in Wetzlar, Germany went bancrupt after casting iron for more than 100 years.
on December 6, 2013 the Nirosta melt shop in Krefeld, Germany was closed for good.
I visited them 2 weeks before.
A few new images from Siegen:
Way up north right beside the seashore lies Germany’s largest steel foundry.
Sande Stahlguss produces steel castings up to 45 tons a piece.
The foundry runs two electric arc furnaces and a 45 ton AOD-converter for highly alloyed steel grades.