Collection Area
Energy & Mining
1910 - 1919
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.

Copper processing plant

Copper ore was mined in Mühlbach am Hochkönig until 1977. Before the actual smelting, the ore has to be broken up and the base rock separated out.

The Illyrians mined copper on the Hochkönig at least 4,000 years ago. In 1827, the copper deposits were rediscovered and mining restarted. In 1907, Arthur Krupp, together with the Creditanstalt bank, founded Mitterberger Kupfer AG. One significant investment of the new public limited company was the erection of a modern processing plant. The model of the plant forms part of the collections of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum).

The plant was located on a steep incline, to make best use of gravity. At the top, workers hurled the material for separation from wagons onto two grids. Larger pieces passed on to rock crushers and roller mills. The ore was separated by hand from the base rock at two picking tables. On its way down, the material passed through drums, jiggers, shaking tables and magnetic separators. Here the ore was crushed further, classified and sorted.

Manufacturer: Mitterberger Kupfer AG
Date of origin: Around 1910
Model 1:25

Inv.Nr. 9718
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