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Report - CSGD - Belgium - August 2013

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Nobby, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Nobby

    Nobby Beard!
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    Visited with members Chaos and Markymark

    For want of a better word this place is 'gargantuan'

    In regards to history and information it's a bit of a mixed bag, and after an exhaustive search online it still baffles me. Its a mish mash of varying steel companies and take overs that span a few hundred years. In modern terms steel has been produced at the CSDG site since around the early 1800's. It was an independent company until 1966 where it joined a large company comprising of off shoot steel production installations in Belgium, France and Germany. In the 1980's the French plants closed leaving the Belgian Plant to function alone up until early 2000's. This in turn saw the company switch hands again. It ran until late 2008 when the the need for cheap steel from countries such as Korea, China, and Brazil take over the industry. The plant closed down operations in 2008 with plans to restart in the future which unfortunately never happened due to a massive failure in another potential merger.
    The plant closed in 2012 with the loss of thousands of jobs which had a detrimental impact on the local population and area.

    The site itself literally buzzes with live voltage all over, there a lights lit on a lot of the machinery which brought out the "press the big red button!" in me but thought better of it. There is also the presence of our furry friends cutting about, all the soft dust left over from the steel production had a scattering of rather large paw prints. We were certainly on our toes throughout the explore, and nearly got caught out....luckily we weren't spotted, Markymark certainly had a close shave.

    Epic jaunt, thoroughly enjoyed it.

















    Thanks for looking​

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