As I have only now learned, the last pipe was casted at Saint Gobain’s iron foundry in Saarbrücken on October 11th, the cupola furnace was shut down.
After 150 years, pipe production at the Brebach site has now come to an end. Since the neighbouring Gusswerke Saarbrücken are bankrupt, the iron production of the former Halberger Hütte could soon be history.
The Saint Gobain Gussrohr works were founded in 1756 as the Halberger Hütte hence they were one of the oldest industrial enterprises in Germany.
In 1869 the first blast furnaces went into production and a pipe foundry was built.
Since 1929 centrifugal casting machines are in use and in 1958 production of ductile iron started.
In 1972 the french tube manufacturer Pont a Mousson took over.
In 1993 all blast furnaces were abandoned and a new cupola furnace was built.
2009 brought a new name: Saint Gobain PAMDeutschland GmbH.
I have visited them twice.
Further images here.
a CASTOR at the Siempelkamp foundry. Krefeld, Germany in 2005.
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.
Geweke Guss, formerly known as Eisenwerk Geweke, the last melt shop in Hagen, my hometown, closed for good.
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.