The Slag Taurus slag pot carrier transports hot metal with a temperature of 1,200 degrees from furnace to steel mill. It handles up to 140 tonnes a time running on huge rubber tyres rather than the more conventional rails. The Multi Tasker, a railway crane, can lift the weight of 40 elephants while at the same time being easy to manoeuvre and extremely safe to operate. High-tech titans like these have turned medium-sized company Kirow from Leipzig into a global market leader. Managing director Ludwig Koehne’s eyes light up as he navigates his way through the huge production halls where the specialist machines are built, in the Westen district of Leipzig. “Good enough isn’t good enough for us, we carry on making improvements and changes until we’re completely satisfied. German engineering expertise means they function flawlessly and are very durable, something our customers value particularly highly,” says Koehne. It’s a short and sweet recipe for success from a native of Düsseldorf who has lived in Leipzig since the 1990s.