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Royal opening for new “heavy end.”
For the first time, Shotton has the capacity to carry out all the processes for transforming iron ore into sheet steel; it is a fully integrated plant. The blast furnaces are the largest outside America. The No. 1 furnace produced molten iron for the first time in February and will soon be producing 7,000 tons a week. The first steel was produced in the new melting shop in August 1952 and the eight furnaces have an aggregate annual capacity of one million tons.