Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN THE NETHERLANDS


‘Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation’, or in short ‘ACZC Sluiskil’ closed down in August 1999. It was abandoned 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 the Dutch region Zeeuws-Vlaanderen ‘ACZC’ was the first non-food industry in the surrounding. In 1929 a new factory producing fertilizer from the surplus is based next to the cokes plant. The Italian mother company 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.

Van den Kerckhoven steam engine

In the electricity hall of the former cokes plant from 1912 stands a steam engine, build by the machine builders Van den Kerckhoven from Gent, Belgium. The machine and the marble panel are protected by different organizations. The company suffered from many problems in its life. During the first years of production, the coal supplies ran out because of the First World War. Also the Second World War 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 troops. New production started almost five 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 1990’s changed it. In the last years the coke factory only provided a local steal plant in Zelzate.

2004

In 2004 ‘Heron BV’ bought the site. The company demolished most of the former cokes plant. Only the steam engine room and some empty halls were left. 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. I visited the old factory ‘ACZC Sluiskil’ in 2005.

Built 1911
Abandoned 1999
Demolished 2007
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation
Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation


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