The Maxhütte in Sulzbach Rosenberg has been closed in September 2002.
The plant is a unique technical monument, as it contains all
productional steps from iron ore to finished profiles in a
relatively compact space, starting with raw iron production
in blast furnaces, continuing with a basic oxygen facility for
steelmaking and finishing with a continuous casting facility
and rolling mills.
The Maxhütte was equipped with unique and rare installations:
the blast furnaces were still charged with buckets,
the converters applied the OBM method, i.e. argon and oxygen
were injected into the converter from the bottom,
the still existing steam engines are outstanding
and among the world's most powerful engines of that
This section pictures the process from ore to sectional steel
using the photographs of Markus Grünthaler, who worked at
the Maxhütte for many years.
I would like to express my deep respect and gratitude to him
and his colleagues, who stand up for the preservation of
You will find Markus' thoughts and remembrances about his work on the Maxhütte
(in German language) at