Kōrero: Iron and steel

From ironsand to steel

From ironsand to steel

This diagram illustrates the main steps in the production of steel in New Zealand. Ironsands are taken from the beach at Waikato North Head and reduced to an iron-rich concentrate. This is piped to the Glenbrook steel mill. There it is blended with coal from nearby Huntly and reduced to molten pig iron by smelting. Recycled steel scrap is added to the molten iron, and liquid steel is produced. This is then poured into a mould to form a slab of solid steel.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Fleur Templeton, 'Iron and steel - The steel industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/diagram/5893/from-ironsand-to-steel (accessed 18 September 2019)

Story by Fleur Templeton, published 12 Jun 2006