Evolution

Industrial history

The north of Duisburg was one of those areas in the Ruhr District which was torn from its bucolic idyll at a time of intense industrialisation. With the migration of industry northwards from the Ruhr valley the landscape began to change such that nothing of its original form is recognisable today.

In Meiderich in 1901 August Thyssen had his ironworks company start work on the construction of a blast furnace complex, immediately adjacent to the coal fields he had acquired previously, thus creating the  prerequisites for the necessary link between coal and iron. Until the closure of the works in 1985, when overcapacity in the European steel market had to be reduced, the works produced pig iron – as a rule as a primary product for further processing in Thyssen's steel works.

The demise of iron production left an industrial wasteland of more than 200 hectares waiting for a new use. The great commitment of interested citizens makes it possible to stop the threatened demolition and a new type of park was created between the city districts of Meiderich and Hamborn, which has forged a connection between areas overgrown with weeds and the ironworks' industrial buildings.

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