Association Cooperative Zelandaise de Carbonisation

Built: 1911

Abandoned: 1999

Demolished: 2007

Visited: 2005

Sluiskil, Zeeland, The Netherlands

Association Cooperative Zelandaise de Carbonisation, or in short ACZC closed down in August 1999 after 88 years of producing cokes for steel factories in Belgium, France and south Holland. This factory was the first cokes plant in The Netherlands. For Zeeuws-Vlaanderen this was the first non-food industry in the surrounding. In 1929 a new factory producing fertilizer from the surplus is based besides the cokes plant. The Italian mothercompagny starts Compagnie Néerlandaise de l’Azote. The name changed in 1962 to Nederlandse Stikstof Maatschappij and in 1979 to Hydro Agri. This factory is still active nowadays.


In the electricity hall of the former cokes plant from 1912 stands a steam engine, build by the machine builders Vanden Kerckhoven from Gent, Belgium. The machine and the marble panel are protected by different organisations. The company suffered from many problems in its life. During the first years of production, the coal supplies ran out thanks to the WWI. Also the WWII gave the company big problems. The allies bombed the electricity hall and the company had to shut down. In 1945 all machinery was taken by de German troups. New production started almost 5 years later. Since then the future looked brighter, the economy went up and ACZC Sluiskil made good profit. The crisis in the steal industry in the early 90’s changed it. In the last years the coke factory only provided a local steal plant in Zelzate.


In 2004 the new company, Heron BV, housing this site demolished the most of the former cokes plant. Only the steam engine room and some empty halls are left nowadays. Heros uses the place to recycle polluted ground. In 2010 the steam engine is moved to the Industrial Museum in Sas van Gent, on the other side of the canal.

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