Peking's Capital Iron and Steel Works is pressing on with replacing and rebuilding machines installed by the Soviet Union.
Peking's Capital Iron and Steel Works is pressing on with replacing and rebuilding machines installed by the Soviet Union. Rated in China as a "medium-sized plant", it now employs 30,000 workers and is still expanding.
Founded 45 years ago, the steel works is one of China's oldest. But with the number of blast furnaces increasing from one to six, and production now linked with an open-cast iron mine in the nearby Hopei province, a wide range of steels is being produced.
The film is from Visnews staffman Russell Spurr -- who recently visited China.
SYNOPSIS: In Peking--outside one of China's oldest steel works. Inside a vast modernisation drive is centred on replacing or rebuilding Soviet-built machines. Founded 45 years ago, the Capital Iron and Steel Works, has for the past decade, enjoyed a particular lease of life.
Hot ingots moving along rollers...when Soviet advisers were pulled out by Premier Nikita Khrushchev ten years ago much modernisation work was incomplete. Today's Chinese management complain that Soviet technicians took not only plans--but key machinery.
Now everything has had to be provided by the Chinese themselves. And, although official Chinese ratings mark it as a "medium-sized" plant--some 30,000 workers are employed. The number of blast furnaces had increased from one to six. A rolling mill completed in nine months during 1968 is turning out a wide range of steel bars and reinforcing rods for the construction industry. And a chemical plant built this year into the steel complex in manufacturing by-products -- including fertiliser.
Production is also tied in with a newly-developed open-cast iron mine in the nearby Hopei province. No production figures have been published in China for II years. But output at the Capital Iron and Steel Works is evidently expanding fast.