SCHADE machine at the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex

1. July 2024

SCHADE Lagertechnik

From a place of action to a place of encounter

What began life as a machine in 1973 will become a place encounter for man and machine in 2024: more than 50 years ago, Ruhrkohle AG acquired the Combined Stacker/Reclaimer from SCHADE. When the colliery closed in 1986, it kept its well-earned place near the coking plant at Zollverein in Essen, once the largest mining town in Europe.

But then the second life of the SCHADE machine began: it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Zollverein. And this is exactly where SCHADE families from Gelsenkirchen and Bristol met in June 2024 to celebrate a historic day together. More than 140 people celebrated the 145 years of their company and started this special day in front of their SCHADE machine.

Among them were contemporary witnesses with their stories from a still very much alive mine era. High up on the roof of Zollverein, in the Erich Brost-Pavilion, culinary delights and entertainment awaited the families. An eventful tour of the mine rounded off an unforgettable day. Their family day heralded the start of the second half of the 145th anniversary year of SCHADE.

Are there more historical SCHADE milestones waiting to be discovered? Find out more soon ….here ….



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