Story: 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.

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Fleur Templeton, 'Iron and steel - The steel industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 August 2021)

Story by Fleur Templeton, published 12 Jun 2006