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Salzgitter(zälts`gĭt`ər), city (1994 pop. 117,684), Lower Saxony, N central Germany. Situated in one of the richest iron-ore producing regions in W Germany, it has blast furnaces, steel plants, rolling mills, and industries producing railway cars, textiles, machinery, and pharmaceuticals. The city was created in 1942 by the merger of 27 towns and until 1951 was known as Watenstedt-Salzgitter.
(between 1942 and 1951, Watenstedt-Salzgitter), a city in the Federal Republic of Germany in Lower Saxony. Population, 118,000 (1970). Salzgitter is a port on a shipping canal that links the city with the Mittleland Canal. Salzgitter expanded as a result of the merging of several population centers during the construction of a metallurgical works at the site of iron ore deposits (up to 6 million tons mined per year) in the Salzgitter basin in 1936. The metallurgical works Salzgitter AG, which produces 1.5 million tons of steel per year, is closely associated with the Ruhr coal basin. Machine-building enterprises (including railroad-car construction), as well as pharmaceutical, textile, and other industries, are located in Salzgitter.