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Gladbeck(glät`bĕk), city (1994 pop. 79,930), North Rhine–Westphalia, W Germany, an industrial center of the Ruhr district. Its manufactures include chemicals, electronics, and fabricated metal products. Gladbeck's growth dates from the late 19th cent., when coal mining was the principal industry. The mines closed in 1958.
a city in the Federal Republic of Germany, north of Essen in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the valley of the Emscher River. Population, 83,000 (1969). Gladbeck is an industrial center of the Ruhr region, one of a group of mining cities. Its important industries include coal mining and mining machinery, chemicals, electrical engineering, and food processing.