Haifa is situated in the north west of Israel and is its principal port. Industries in the area include steel foundries, food processing, shipbuilding (small naval craft, fishing boats), and the production of chemicals, textiles and cement. Haifa's petroleum refineries date from 1939 and its steam-driven power plant (the first of its kind in Israel) from 1934.

Background to Twinning

There have been two civic exchanges to Haifa; one by Lord Mayor Derek Webster in 1988, the other by Lord Mayor Barney Rice in 1995.