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Coastal Steelworks in the Common Market Countries

Douglas K. Fleming
Geographical Review
Vol. 57, No. 1 (Jan., 1967), pp. 48-72
DOI: 10.2307/212759
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/212759
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

Raw-material procurement by Common Market steelmakers has reflected an increasing overseas orientation. Long-exploited domestic reserves of coal and iron ore no longer exert overwhelming locational attraction to the Western European steel producer. Ocean-transport technology has extended potential raw-material supply areas, and metallurgical technology has altered input mixes and reduced input/output ratios. Steel-product markets have developed in areas peripheral to traditional German, Belgian, and French centers of heavy industry. Altogether, the geographical range of feasible steel-plant locations has tended to increase. Coastal steel production at large integrated works equipped with deepwater port facilities is an adaptation to changing conditions. The superior accessibility, techniques, and policies of the coastal complexes also suggest a "built-in" flexibility that augurs well for future survival in a competitive arena.

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