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  • May 3, 2024
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LIBERTY Ostrava has started implementation of its restructuring plan

  • The company does not foresee further cooperation with Tameh
  • LIBERTY Ostrava will implement the Plan B option of its restructuring plan
  • As part of the Plan, LIBERTY Ostrava will begin consultation on the potential closure of its remaining coke ovens
  • Negotiations have started on the collective agreement


LIBERTY Ostrava has taken necessary steps to implement the preventative restructuring plan as approved by an overwhelming majority of its creditors.

The management of LIBERTY Ostrava failed to find an agreement with the management of Tameh Czech on the provision of energy supplies on fair and mutually acceptable terms by the deadline. Therefore, LIBERTY Ostrava will proceed to implement the Plan B option of the restructuring plan, which does not envisage further cooperation with Tameh.

The commitments to creditors set out in the restructuring plan provide for fixed cost reductions in several areas on top of the EUR 50 million (CZK1.26 billion) already achieved over the last six months. The company will now start the consultation and the technical process for the potential closure of the plant’s two remaining coke ovens, which will further reduce the costs by over EUR 1 million (CZK25.2 million) a month. There is no intention to use this proposal as an opportunity to reduce roles, therefore impacted employees will be offered retraining and  redeployment within the business.

The collective bargaining process has also now begun with representatives of the company’s trade unions on a new version of those parts of the collective agreement that will expire in the middle of the year.

Theuns Victor, European CEO of LIBERTY Upstream, said: “Our only goal is to preserve LIBERTY Ostrava and its long-term sustainable future, including the thousands of jobs that depend on it directly and indirectly throughout the supply chain. All of the decisions we have taken to date, and will take over the next eighteen months, are taken to achieve this ambition and ensure that we meet our commitments to our creditors. To return to profitable operations, we must take temporarily uncomfortable steps and the road ahead will be challenging. However, we trust that all stakeholders who have so far supported us in restoring the viability of the company and preserving as many jobs as possible will understand the proposed changes and contribute to their adoption.”

The restructuring plan is based on five basic principles, namely the resumption of production in the rolling mills, the resumption of blast furnace operations, significant cost savings, securing energy supplies and financial assistance from the parent group.

LIBERTY Ostrava regrets that it was not able to get its long-term partner, Tameh Czech, to set the parameters of future cooperation in a way that would be acceptable to both parties, especially so that LIBERTY would not be forced to buy what it does not need at prices many times higher than market prices. In the short term, moving to a self-supply solution will delay the execution of the Plan, but in the long term it will provide a cheaper and more efficient solution than continuing to supply Tameh.



Further information:

Ivo Sterba
Spokesperson for LIBERTY Ostrava
+ +420 5956 82787
Paddy Toyne-Sewell
Communications Europe, GFG Alliance
+44 (0) 7767 498 195

LIBERTY Ostrava is an integrated steel company with an annual production capacity of 3.6 million tons of steel, which is mainly used in construction, engineering, and the oil and gas industry. It is a domestic leader in the production 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, it has 5,200 employees.

LIBERTY Steel Group is part of the global GFG Alliance owned by Sanjeev Gupta and his family.  GFG Alliance has three independent industrial brands: LIBERTY Steel Group, ALVANCE Aluminium Group and SIMEC Energy Group, which share the same values and strive for a long-term sustainable future for industry and society.   GFG Alliance operates in 30 countries around the world, where it has a total of 35,000 employees.

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