From the refining forge to the high-tech ring-rolling plant

The history of Schmiedewerke Gröditz GmbH

Over 230 years of tradition have made Gröditz one of the world’s most important steel sites. This is thanks to an approach of ongoing development and modernisation – not to mention outstanding vision.

In 1779, a refining forge, a steel bar mill, a canal and a stamp mill are founded in Gröditz as a branch of the Lauchhammer company. This was the birth of what would become one of Europe’s most cutting-edge steel plants:
 

1779 - Duke Detlev Carl von Einsiedel buys the Gröditz mill. Foundation of the Schmiedwerke Gröditz forging plant.


1819 - The first-ever cast is smelted using a cupola furnace.


1825 - The foundations are laid for a blast furnace.


1883 - A malleable foundry is built.


1901 - A steel foundry is built.


1915 - A Siemens-Martin plant is built.


1945 - The plant is decommissioned.


1947 - Rebuilding begins.


1952 - The first electric arc furnace begins operation.


1954 - The 60 MN forging press is used for the first time.


1974 - The tyre-rolling plant is replaced by a modern ring-rolling plant.


1995 - Commissioning of the VD/VOD plant, the 27 MN press, the upgraded 60 MN press and the sawing plant in the ring-rolling plant.


1996 - Commissioning of the ESR (electroslag remelting) plant.


1997 - Company taken over by Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH.


2006 - Acquisition of Edelstahl GmbH J.P. Schumacher.

 

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