In 1873 Edward Metcalf Smith formed the New Zealand Titanic Steel and Iron Company to build this blast furnace near New Plymouth. Unfortunately it did not work, and was later dismantled and sold overseas. Subsequent investigation showed that conventional blast-furnace smelting did not work with Taranaki ironsands.
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