Åkers – Division Forge
THE ABANDONED STEEL FACTORY IN BELGIUM
This is the forging division of the closed down steel factory Åkers Liege. It was a victim of the economic steel crisis in Belgium.
The Åkers company is a steel manufacturing industry that started its business in 1580 in Åkers Styckebruk, a Swedish city. Originally it was a cannon factory, but the company today manufactures steel rollers for industrial use. In 1806 the first roll was made. Today, the Åkers group is a worldwide manufacturer with factories in Europe and the USA.
This Åkers factory produced and sold cast and forged rolls and bars for steel industries in the Liege area. When the steel industry in Liege collapsed, this factory went down with the big industries. The factory, I visited in 2016, was demolished in 2018. Also check the other Åkers factory in Liege.