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

 

 

 

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.
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VDM Metals, Unna

VDM Metals Stahlwerk
One of the lesser-known steel plants is VDM Metal’s melt shop in Unna, Germany.
It was built as a greenfield project in 1972. All smelting activities of Vereinigte Deutsche Metallwerke AG were concentrated there from then on.
In 1989, the Krupp Stahl AG took over VDM. The company became part of ThyssenKrupp in 1999.
Since 2015 VDM is owned by private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg from New York.
VDM Metals Unna  operates a 30t, 15 MVA electric arc furnace, three 16t induction furnaces, a vacuum induction furnace and 3 electroslag remelting ovens.
VDM-Metals specialized in Nickel alloys and special alloyed steels.
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VDM Metals, Stahlwerk Unna

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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