Laminoir de la Rochette

THE ABANDONED ROLLING MILL IN BELGIUM


This is ‘Laminoir de la Rochette’, an abandoned rolling mill in the town Rochette in Belgium. After a long history the company went bankrupt in 2014.

The history of the factory goes back to the year 1700 when a water operated metal mill was built here. In 1797 the factory was transformed into a rolling mill. In 1811, a tinsmith workshop and a spinning mill were built. This company was in operation until 1860. Between 1883 and 1965, the factory site operated a sheet mill and rolling mill for the production of rifles and knives.

In the 1970s the three companies ‘Prometa’, ‘Cadmiage Maurice Gilson’ and ‘Metalprotect Defa’ set up shop on the site. In 2004, Prometa was taken over by Maurice Gilson. The new company tinned copper and also had a department for galvanizing and anodizing aluminum. However ‘Metalprotect Defa’ ceased operations in 2008. Six years later, in 2014, ‘Galvanoplastie Maurice Gilson’ is declared bankrupt and the site is abandoned.

In 2017 the site was cleaned. More than 18 thousand liters of chemical waste was removed. I visited Laminoir de la Rochette in 2016 and 2017. The site was demolished in 2018.

Built 1883
Abandoned 2014
Demolished 2018
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