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.
Further images.

 

 

TKS Heavy Plate Mill, Duisburg


The heavy plate mill in Duisburg-Hüttenheim, Germany was built by the Mannesmann company in 1963 to supply plates to their adjecent large diameter pipe welding mill (closed in 1978).
In 1970 the August Thyssen Hütte AG took over the flat rolling business from Mannesmann.
In 1978 the Sack company installed the 3,9 meter four-high rolling stand still in use today.
Images now at Stahlseite.

The Last German Rail

was rolled yesterday at the TSTG rail mill in Duisburg.
The rolling mill exists since 1894 built by the August Thyssen Hütte and sold to the Austrian Voest Alpine group in 2001.
Voest is still producing rails at it’s Donawitz works in Austria.
TSTG’s finishing stands were built in 1924 named “Fertigstrasse 1″ back then.
Some images.

Vintage Image #7

August Thyssen Hütte
The image done in 1953 shows the August Thyssen Hütte steel works in Duisburg Hamborn, Germany.
The furnaces shown are, left to right: 7,6,5,4,3,2 . Number one is hidden by the steam cloud from the attached coking plant August Thyssen. Blast furnaces 8 and 9 are to the left and not included. In the center of the image the headgear of coal mine Friedrich Thyssen,shaft  7 is to be seen.
Some more recent images of the mill at Stahlseite.

The vintage image #1

August Thyssen Huette Bruckhausen
Bruckhausen, the former working class neighbourhood that adjoins to the vast August Thyssen Hütte steel mill in Duisburg, Germany, in the early 1950ies.
Ironically Bruckhausen looks much the same nowadays again because the ThyssenKrupp steel company and the administration of Duisburg have decided to tear it down in favour of a huge park (Article, in German).
Guntram Walter did some impressive images of this ghost town.

Demolition of blast furnace no. 4 started

hochofen 4 thyssenkrupp
The blast furnace Hamborn no. 4 at the ThyssenKrupp mill in Duisburg will be gone by next summer.
The furnace was built in 1964 replacing the old no. 4 that had been  partly dismantled for reparation. It has a hearth diameter of 10,70 meters and a working volume of 2030m³.
The new furnace was the  first one worldwide to be equipped with a bell less charging system. And it was the first in Germany to use coal powder injection.
Until May 2008, when the furnace was mothballed as a back up furnace it produced 43 mio. tons of iron.