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  • June 21, 2021
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LIBERTY Ostrava has awarded employees who got engaged in the On a Bike to Work challenge in May

Hundreds of employees commute to work by bike every day. Some of them also got engaged in the eleventh nation-wide On a Bike to Work challenge that supports active and safe means of transport. A total of 42 employees from different plants signed up for the challenge and together they had ridden or walked over 17, 000 kilometres. Yesterday, the mill presented them awards for the best performances.

„Every day, several hundreds of workers commute to the mill on a bike. In order to support this active means of transport which moreover strengthens the relationship among colleagues at workplace, the mill will cover their registration costs. Furthermore, we have rewarded the best team of the mill as well as the extraordinary performances of individuals who rode or walked the highest number of kilometres,” says Barbora Černá Dvořáková who is in charge of Corporate Responsibility at LIBERTY Ostrava.

The most kilometres were recorded by Pavel Hřivňacký who had ridden 2, 093 km. He ranked 9th among the Ostrava bikers and on a national level he came in 65th. „I live in Kravaře and go by bike to work every day. The shortest way measures 38 kilometres one way. I wanted to collect some extra kilometres during the challenge so I took a longer way,“ explained Pavel Hřivňacký from the hot strip mill. His performance is also remarkable due to the means he has been using. „A friend of mine was throwing away an old female bike. I was sorry for the bike and so I took it and I have been riding it for ten years now.  Annually, I ride over seven thousand kilometres so the only original components are the frame and the saddle but they still hold up,“ he added.

Other information:

Barbora Černá Dvořáková
Head of communications
+420 606 774 346


Paddy Toyne-Sewell
Head of Communications – Europe
GFG Alliance
+44 (0) 7767 498 195

LIBERTY Ostrava is an integrated steel business with an annual production capacity of approximately 3.6 million tonnes per annum serving primarily construction, machinery and oil & gas industries. The company is a domestic leader in the manufacture of road barriers and tubes. In addition to the Czech market, it supplies its products to more than 40 countries around the world. Together with its subsidiaries in Ostrava, the company has 6,000 employees. The company manufactures its products with a minimum possible environmental footprint. The mill is part of LIBERTY Steel Group.

LIBERTY Steel Group is part of GFG Alliance, a collection of global businesses and investments owned by Sanjeev Gupta and his family. The Alliance is structured into three core industrial pillars: LIBERTY Steel Group, ALVANCE Aluminium Group and SIMEC Energy Group, independent of each other yet united through shared values and a purpose to create a sustainable future for industry and society. GFG Alliance employs c.35,000 people, across 30 countries and has revenues of >USD $20bn.

Liberty Steel Group

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