This week I took my class to visit Bao steel, one of the largest SOE in Shanghai and the 2nd largest steel company in the world. We were awed by the vastness of the place. Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, Bao Steel is a factory complex as big as Macau. It has its own newspaper, power station, police, army unit and multiple harbors. It produces millions tonnes of steel per year and has joint ventures in Australia and Brazil, which supply it with iron ore. However, even more than the scale what impressed – or rather overwhelmed -was the raw and seductive power of the industrial machine (the “new beauty” discovered by Marinetti and the Futurists) especially when coupled with the pure intensity of molten metal (see Metalheadz post below).
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