Huttenwerk Meiderich Duisburg
The Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord is the outstanding example of a new type of park shaped by industry. At the centre of an area of about 180 hectares, stands the decommissioned Thyssen ironworks in Duisburg-Meiderich. From 1901 to 1985 the works produced pig iron - as a rule as a primary product for further processing in Thyssen's steel works.
Today, visitors can explore the old ironworks as a “living” industrial monument. With its three blast furnaces standing in a row, bunkers, inclined lifts and casthouses, Meiderich ironworks conveys the traditional image of a turn-of-the-century blast furnace plant.
Visitors have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the production process, from delivery of the raw materials to removal of the pig iron. Blast Furnace 5 in particular is the perfect place to gain a very realistic picture of the impressive production chain of the former ironworks.
By Viktor Macha in 2005.
Plant facts and figures
The plant have an annual capacity of 0 tons.
The following processes are conducted in the plant:
- Iron making
This plant produces the following type of products:
- Pig iron
Blast furnace site in northen part of Duisburg was established in 1890 by industrialist August Thyssen to supply the open hearth furnaces at Mülheim Styrum and Bruckhausen.
Today´s shape reffers to extensive modernizations in 1956 (blast furnace no.1), 1963/64 (blast furnace no.2) and 1973 (blast furnace no.3). Nevertheless despite these major investmens the mill was definitely closed down in 1985 due to international changes in steel manufacturing.
Nowadays the former Meiderich works are worldwide known as “Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord”.