Shield of the Hermann Göring Werke (Salzgitter plant), once the largest industrial conglomerate worldwide.
In October 1939 the Salzgitter furnaces produced its first pig iron.
Unique piece of industrial heritage.
Very strong and powerfull design.
Size: 30 x 20 cm.
Cast iron, 3,5 kg.
Iron shield of the Hermann Göring Werke, Salzgitter plant. In October 1939 the Salzgitter furnaces produced its first pig iron.
The logo of the Reichswerke Hermann Göring was based on the coat of arms of the Göring family. The state owned ‘Reichswerke Hermann Göring’ was an industrial conglomerate established in July 1937 to extract and process domestic iron ores from Salzgitter (domestic ore, iron and steel program had become a national priority). In November 1937 Hermann Göring obtained unchecked access to state financing and launched a chain of mergers, diversifying into military industries with the absorption of Rheinmetall. After the Anschluss the Reichswerke absorbed Austrian heavy industries, the cluster of steel mills and supporting companies in Linz became its most important asset. After the German occupation of Czechoslovakia the Reichswerke absorbed between 50 and 60 per cent of Czech heavy industries. The pattern was repeated in occupied Poland, France and the Soviet Union. The Reichswerke operated captured assets as far from its base as Liepāja in Latvia and Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine. It provided one-eighth of German steel output during World War II. By the end of 1941 the Reichswerke became the largest company in Europe and probably in the whole world, with a capital of 2.4 billion reichsmarks and about half a million workers.
The conglomerate was dismembered by the Allies in 1944–1945, but the Salzgitter plant continued operations as Reichswerke until 1953. The Reichswerke logo, which resembled Göring’s coat of arms, remained in use by Peine+Salzgitter until the middle of the 1980s.