Huta Malapanew Ozimek
Huta is one of the largest producers in Poland and a valued supplier of castings (mainly cast steel, but also cast iron). The main assortment of production includes: raw and machined castings, metallurgical rolls, industrial valves (gate valves and valves), machine parts, including road wheels, rolling equipment. The foundry also provides model instrumentation for the ordered castings as well as mechanical and heat treatment services.
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 50000 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
This plant produces the following type of products:
The very first ironworks on the banks of the river Malapanew, surrounded by woods and near the iron-ore deposits were established in 1753 already following the order of King Frederick II. Two charcoal furnaces were built on the former water mill grounds just year later.
The works stepped into history soon after when the coke was replaced by the charcole during the smelting process for the first in Europe there. Since 1791, the original clay moulds were replaced by sand casting and the production range expanded with steam engines parts, gears, chains and bridge construction. The very first cast-iron bridge was made in 1796. The chain bridge over the river Malapanew was put into operation in 1827 and as the oldest of its kind in Europe is still in use.
In the beginning of the 20th century the plant consisted of open-hearth steel shop (2×5 tons), iron foundry, cylinders machining shops and tool shop. In the following years the first arc furnace (Heroült process) was installed.
After World War II the greatest expansion occurs. New molding line was built and the largest european arc furnace (18 t, brand Birlec) was put in operation.
Today, the oldest polish foundry produces steel casts and gray iron casts from 5 to 15 tons of weight, which are used mainly in the metallurgy, railway and construction industries.