Ebbw Vale Works 1935 – 2000, Part 2: 1945 – 1970


In the year 2000 or 2001, Ian Hobson gave this presentation to the Ebbw Vale Metallurgical Society. I don’t know whether he knew at the time that Ebbw Vale was at the edge of closure, but it seems like a fitting epitaph to the events that followed. This is part 2, which covers the period from 1945 to 1970.

THE IMMEDIATE POST WAR YEARS 1945 – 1949

  • Merger with Baldwins
  • Shortages
  • Expansion of Tinplate production
  • Nationalisation

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GOLDEN AGE OF EBBW VALE WORKS 1950 – 1960

  • Flag ship of the Company
  • Ebbw Vale General Welfare Council
  • Recreational amenities
  • Education
  • Workforce

Manning Levels

Canteen

MANAGEMENT TEAM 1958

  • Cedric T. Thomas – General Manager
  • C. G. Davies – Works Manager
  • H. F. Padbury – Manager Steel & Brickworks
  • J. S. Blair – Manager Coke Ovens
  • G. Issac – Manager Bessemer
  • M. Millington – Manager Blast Furnace
  • F. Probyn – Chief Mechancial Engineer
  • H. C. Harvey – Chief Civil Engineer
  • R. A. Lake – Chief Engineer
  • R.C. Powell – Chief Metallurgist

REINVESTMENT SCHEMES First Major Enhancement 1952 – 1956

  • Enlargement of “A” Furnace
  • A new Limestone Quarry
  • 21 additional coke ovens
  • A new Five Stand and Temper Mills
  • Conversion of 3 to a 4 Stand Mill
  • Two additonal Soaking Pits
  • 1,000 ton Hot Metal Mixer

5-Stand

Second Major Investment 1959

  • Conversion from Bessemer into an LD/AC Top Blown Converter Process
  • 3,600hp upgrade of the Six Stand Hot Strip Mill

EXPANSION OF GALVANISING AND TINPLATE PRODUCTION

  • First Continuous Galvanising Line – 1958
  • A second ETL – 1961

Galvanising Line

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RT&B Profit/Losses 1951-66

Profit / Loss RT&B

Major incidents

  • Bessemer roof collapse – 1958
  • Blast furnace ladle explosion – 1961

Bessemer Roof Collapse

EBBW VALE’S FUTURE IN STEEL MAKING 1963 – 1970

  • Redundancies
  • Nationalisation
  • Investment

The Crossing, Ebbw Vale ca.1952. The loco is pulling a load of limestone through the town on its way to the furnaces. The line was closed in December 1964.
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