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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A Farewell To Steel Making In Bochum


A history of more than 170 years of steel making ended in Bochum, Germany in late June when the Nirosta stainless steel plant was closed for good.
The original BOF shop was built in 1957 by the Bochumer Verein to be only the second of it’s kind in Germany.
In 1972, after the closure of the blast furnace site both vessels were transformed into AOD converters and an electric arc furnace was installed in the same building to produce stainless steel.
In 1982 a huge new 135 MVA electric arc melt shop was attached and the old EAF was replaced by a ladle furnace.
I payed the site a final visit before the demolition started.

 

82000 KW

TKS Warmbreitband

installed motor capacity makes the ThyssenKrupp hot strip mill in Bochum  the most powerful rolling mill in Germany. Though the mill was already planned in the early 1960ies by the Bochumer Verein steel corporation it wasn’t until 1966, after the takeover by the Fried. Krupp company, that the mill was put into operation.
The mill is capable of rolling even high alloyed speciality steel.
After the closure of the adjacent Nirosta steel mill all primary material now comes from the August Thyssen Hütte in Duisburg.
Images now at stahlseite.