Laminoirs de Longtain

In the late 1950ies when advertising became colored, some ads looked a bit over the top like this one of the Laminoirs de Longtain.
The company near La Louviere, Belgium was founded in 1925 and hot rolled steel until 1984. The remaining cold finishing activities were closed down in 2016. The site is now awaiting it’s demolition.Laminoirs de Longtain

The Last One

in Germany. VDM-Metals’ heavy blooming-slabbing mill NO.2 in Duisburg.
VDM Metals Block-Brammenstrasse
The  rolling mill  was built by the DEMAG company from Duisburg and was put into operation at the August-Thyssen Hütte in Duisburg on 1 April 1957.
It supplied slabs to Thyssen’s new wide hot strip mill.
Blooms with a weight of up to 27t are supplied by 18 soaking pits and two cranes.
Two DC engines of 4200 kW each run the two.high rolling stand.
They are fed via a hugh Ilgner transformer consisting of two asynchronous motors with 3500 kW four control generators (two each for a rolling motor) and a flywheel with 566 tm². Illgner Umformer Walzwerk ThyssenThe rolling mill is owned by VDM-Metals now to produce highly alloyed slabs. After the closure of Reiner Brach’s old Klöckner rolling mill in Bremen it is the last of it’s kind in Germany.
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Abandoned Bars

on State Street in Clairton,PA. These bars where mostly attended by black steel workers from the nearby U.S. Steel plant. I visited Clairton with my 4×5″ in 2008. In the background you can see the 800-oven coking plant of U.S. Steel, one of the largest worldwide.
Clairton PA

Europe’s Largest Ringmill

revisited.

The Rothe Erde GmbH was founded in 1855 in Dortmund under the name Paulinenhütte. Main product was railroad equipment.In 1861 the Rothe Erde steel company from Aachen purchased the mill an gave it it’s final name. From 1926 on Rothe Erde was part of the Vereinigte Stahlwerke, the second largest steel producer worldwide. After rebuilding the destroyed works in the 1950ies Rothe Erde became part of the Hoesch steel group in 1966 and started to built up a modern ring rolling mill at their Dortmund works.
After the takeover of Hoesch by the Fried.Krupp steel company in 1993 Rothe Erde finally became part of the ThyssenKrupp group in 1999.Nowadays the Dortmund works are one of the largest ring rolling mills in Europe producing rings up to 8 meters.Further processing of rings to bearings or turntables is done in Dortmund and Lippstadt.

Rothe Erde Ringmill