thyssenkrupp in the UK
The link with thyssenkrupp and the UK dates back to the 1880’s, when Henschel and Sohn supplied 9 locomotives to the UK ; later in 1897 Dr C Otto & Comp (later Uhde) builds the first coke ovens in the UK. In 1913, Vulcaan Coal Company founds branch offices in the major coal trading cities Newcastle, Cardiff and Glasgow and by 1914 Representative offices of the Thyssen Group are located in Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
In 1927 Dr C Otto & Comp builds 8 chamber furnaces for the production of gas for a power plant in London and later on in 1954 to 1957 Nordseewerke Emden builds a freight motor ship for the Phocean Ship Agency, London. In 1956 follow the construction of two bulk carriers for Nerdrum Shipping Ltd., London and 1957 two further freight ships for the Phocean Ship Agency. Dr C Otto and Comp. GmbH builds a slit splitting line for the Guernsey Gas Light Co. in 1959 and later in 1961 to 1970 another 10 catalytic splitting lines are supplied to gas plants in the UK. Krupp Kranbau supplies the largest crane of the time to Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast in 1969.
During the 70’s we see Nordseewerke Emden build 2 container ships and 4 motor bulk carriers for British contractors and also build 4 LPG tankers for P&0 Steam Navigation Comp., London. In the 80’s Blohm and Voss supplies a habitation module for an oil rig of Shell exploration and Thyssen Henschel supplies the worldwide largest scrap shear to Sheppard Waste Recovery. Krupp Polysius Ltd in Ascot builds a turn-key cement plant for Ketton Cement’s works in Stamford.
It was during the 90’s that Krupp hydraulic hammers for the extension of London’s Waterloo Station were used and it was in the mid 90’s that we see Thyssen Henschel supply 3 passenger boarding bridges to the airport London-Gatwck. Thyssen Lifts & Escalators equips the new shopping centre in Glasgow. The journey continues in 2004 when The Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, built in 1882 with a length of 3m, is renovated by Palmers Limited (ThyssenKrupp Services).
The bridge is part of the ‘National Heritage’ of Great Britain. By 2013 ThyssenKrupp has much presence in the UK serving a wide range of engineering services and is generating a turnover of 1.5bn Euros in the UK. November 2015 the Solihull regional office is opened with the aim of ensuring collaboration across all thyssenkrupp subsidiaries in the UK. In January 2017 thyssenkrupp announces the complete acquisition of Atlas Elektronik UK.