Ravenscraig steelworks was supposed to feed strip steel to the Rootes assembly line at Linwood, Paisley, and a British Motor Corporation works at Bathgate, though the economics of both were doubtful.
In Jarrow, a ship-breaking yard and engineering works were established in 1938 and the Consett Iron Company started a steelworks in 1939.
The two world wars also gave substantial stimulus to manufacturing, with the opening of BHP's Newcastle steelworks in 1915 laying the base for heavy industry.
Hundreds of jobs are to go at a north Lincolnshire steelworks as steel giant Corus prepares to make a £32m investment in modernising production.
He said the strategy commenced in the 1960s with the creation of short-term jobs palliatives such as the Ravenscraig steelworks and the Linwood car factory.
To revitalize the Ruhr, state and local governments have invested in research and education, transformed abandoned steelworks into industrial parks, and seeded new startups.
Most recently it has been fighting threatened redundancies at the Corus steelworks in Scunthorpe.
In Port Kembla, where Serco have just won the security contract at the BHP steelworks , union members went on strike last week to protest out-sourcing and the use of individual employment contracts.
Dreams entertained by some Party leaders of large-scale steelworks and munition factories and large-scale collective agriculture were irrelevant and dangerous.
Full health checks on soldiers involved in the scrapping of 200 World War II mortars are to be sought in the Dáil this week after the weapons triggered radioactivity alarms at a Cork steelworks .