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Hütte V (Germany)

What started as a small iron works, built by Köln-based engineer Julius Buch in 1873, later became one of Europe’s largest steelworks after it was acquired by the Rüchling family in 1882. The first blast furnace was built in 1883, and four more were added in the course of the next 10 years. By 1903, when the sixth furnace was built, a giant coking plant had arisen on the site. In the 1930s, the iron works further expanded, when a large ore sintering plant was added. The steelworks played an important role in the field of research and development as many new techniques were first implemented in Hütte V. The plant thus functioned as a model for many other steelworks around the globe until it had to shut down in 1986.

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Eisenwerk (Germany)

Iron foundry dating back to the 1840s. During its production years, the company changed its name more than once and eventually became a VEB (Volkseigener Betrieb, a people owned company). In the beginning of the 1990s, the factory had to close its doors.

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VEB SKT (Germany)

Even though the roots of the steel manufacturing industry in this region date back to the second half of the nineteenth century, this particular company was only established around the mid twentieth century – in the 1960s. Similar to many other companies in Germany, the manufacturing plant at a certain point became a VEB (Volkseigener Betrieb), a people-owned-company which – in its heydays – employed more than 10,000 workers. The factory specialized in steel parts for heavy industrial purposes – from whole steel rolling installations to cranes. After the company was privatized, it was split into different branches, each with their own ‘speciality’. Although this particular plant has been abandoned, the company still thrives as it moved its production to more modern facilities.

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Aciéries de la Meuse (Belgium)

The offices of an abandoned steel works plant in the south of Belgium.

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Delbrassine (Belgium)

Abandoned tube factory somewhere in Belgium.

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Aciérie Allard (Belgium)

The abandoned offices of the old Allard-Giot steelworks in the south of Belgium.

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FDC (Belgium)

Steel factory with a 72 meter high blast furnace that once employed 5000 workers. The factory went bankrupt in 1997.

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Vuylsteke (Belgium)

Iron foundry, specialized in iron sewerage pipes and mechanical castings. In 2002 a takeover took place but the factory went bankrupt one year later.

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Fonderie Giot (Belgium)

Foundry and steel works with offices in Sezession-style.

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Malmar (Belgium)

The Malmar company is specialized in metal conversion (welding, cutting and bending). The factory was built in 1947. After 50 years the area surrounding the factory became residential and the company couldn’t expand any more. They moved the activities to another part of the country and the factory became abandoned.

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Tuberie de Nimy (Belgium)

Welded steel tubes were manufactured in this big factory. When the major steel group moved their business to other locations, the factory became abandoned.

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Usine SHELT (Belgium)

Steel rolling mill with an impressive steel structure hall.

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Schalker Verein (Germany)

Steelworks in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, dating back to 1872.

Fonderie Thiebaut (Belgium)

Old foundry, will soon be reconverted into a youth hostel.

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Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (Germany)

Protected steel works in Germany, nowadays a park for different activities. The monumental blast furnace (n°5) was in operation untill 1985.

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