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Steel Experience

Plant Tours

Steel is an indispensable part of our daily lives – and it’s evolving all the time.
In tandem with other materials steel is opening up previously unimaginable possibilities, it’s bringing e-mobility to our roads and it’s irreplaceable in numerous applications in the renewable energy sector.
But how is steel made? What happens in a blast furnace? And why are there 2,500 different kinds of steel?

You can find out all about this at thyssenkrupp. We invite you to immerse yourself in the Steel Experience and witness advanced steel production at first hand. Our tour guides will tell you all about our production processes and our high-tech steel products and innovations.

You can book tours and send requests to the Visitor Center directly using our online booking tool.
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What you need to know ahead of a plant tour...

Plant tours take place from Monday to Friday (limited availability on Wednesdays). Starting times are flexible: the earliest is 8:30 a.m. and the latest 3:30 p.m. The tours take between two and three and a half hours. Admission to the visitor center is possible 30 minutes before the start.

After an introduction to the world of steel you will tour the plant site and experience production at first hand.

Individuals and small groups (up to ten people) can register for preset tour slots. The price is 18 euros per participant.

Larger groups constitute a single visitor group. Group prices and terms will be provided when you submit your booking request.

To take part in a tour you must be at least 16 years old. The tours are not wheelchair-accessible.

Your safety is our priority

During a plant tour you will experience production processes at close hand. Your personal safety is a priority.

Please therefore make sure that all participants observe the safety and clothing rules. You will receive the necessary personal protective equipment on site. During the visit please follow the instructions of our experienced guides.

Sturdy, enclosed shoes and dirt-resistant clothing covering the whole body must be worn – even in hot summer temperatures. Please understand that we will not allow you to enter the plant area without appropriate clothing.

People with limited mobility, wheelchair users and wearers of active medical implants (e.g. pacemakers) are advised not to take part. For safety reasons pregnant women are not permitted to enter gas hazard areas.

The diversity of our plant sites

From hot metal iron to finished product, you will learn all about the diversity of modern steel production at our plant sites. Our team carries out tours at various sites. They are managed centrally from Duisburg.

Duisburg

Duisburg is Europe’s biggest steelmaking site. The thyssenkrupp site is almost five times as big as Monaco. The full steelmaking process can be experienced here first-hand. In our panorama cinema you will learn all about steel from different perspectives. On the site you will be given an insight into the world of blast furnaces, melt shops and rolling mills, and get an impression of steel’s innovation potential.

Plant tour meeting point:
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG – Visitor center
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Str. 100, near Gate 1 (parking area P1)
47166 Duisburg

Bochum

At the Bochum site the raw material produced in the Duisburg plant is further processed. Your visit will center on a tour of one of our biggest hot strip mills. Here you will experience close-up how steel is formed at high temperatures. The special feature of the mill is a coilbox, which allows an energy-efficient manufacturing process. In the further course of the tour you will gain an insight into the subsequent processing steps in the cold rolling mill and hot-dip coating line.

Plant tour meeting point:
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG – New admin building Höntrop (NVGH)
Essener Str. 244
44793 Bochum

Dortmund

In Dortmund your tour will focus on the further processing of steel by cold rolling and hot-dip coating. In addition to a modern cold rolling mill the plant features a continuous annealing line in which the steel is heated in preparation for forming. The hot-dip coating line at this site is an architectural highlight, having won the European Steel Design Award.

Plant tour meeting point:
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG – InfoCenter
Oesterholzstr., Gate W1,
44145 Dortmund

Kreuztal

At this site steel is coated on state-of-the-art hot-dip and coil coating lines. During your tour you will see coating and slitting lines as well as various units used in the manufacture of construction elements. Prepainted steel has diverse uses – in the construction industry, in cars and in domestic appliances.

Plant tour meeting point:
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG – Hotel “Eichener Hamer”
Hammerstr. 11
57223 Eichen

Andernach

At Andernach in Rhineland-Palatinate you can experience how steel is processed into food, drinks and paint cans. The world’s biggest packaging steel manufacturing site produces wafer-thin tinplate. With thicknesses down to 0.1 mm it’s hardly thicker than a human hair. Packaging steel provides 100 percent product protection and is an ecological top performer: it can be recycled again and again without any loss of quality.

If you are interested, send your request directly to Andernach. Separate terms apply for tours of this site.

More information can be found here!

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