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  • November 19, 2021
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LIBERTY Ostrava to hire at least 100 new workers to support push into US seamless pipes market

LIBERTY Ostrava’s tube plant intends to hire more than one hundred new skilled workers to support its drive to increase the production of seamless pipes intended for the US oil drilling and transport markets.

Ostrava’s tube plant produces about 130 thousand tonnes of seamless pipes each year and has continued to grow its production steadily over the years, despite the closure of its traditional US markets in 2018 due to the imposition of significant export tariffs on European steel products by the previous US Government.

The rationale for the plant’s intention to increase its US production targets are the US Government’s decision in October to adjust its tariff policy and allow European steel producers to import up to 4.3 million tonnes per year. The tariff-free quota is expected to be divided among European producers based on their previous export levels, which in the Czech Republic ‘s case was high.

Libor Černý, head of the tube plant of LIBERTY Ostrava, said: „We are looking forward to welcoming back to our American customers after a few frustrating years. Though the US market represented around 40% of our sales, we have managed to not only fully replace it, but even secure higher sales of our products in Europe. This has been down to mobilizing our own, streamlined sales team and setting up a sales network with sales representatives in Poland, Baltic states, Germany, and Benelux as well as being active in France, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia. Our return to the US market should help us grow our sales any further.”

Seamless steel pipes for oil drilling and transport are one of LIBERTY Ostrava’s High Added-Value products as they have to comply with stringent technical parameters and have a wide range of certificates. They are made of high-quality material and are resistant to acid environment with high sulfide contents, such as those found in the oil industry. The tube plant has been a holder of the API certificate, required for the export of goods for oil & gas sector to the US and other countries, since the 1950´s.

For the anticipated production increase LIBERTY Ostrava needs to increase its tube plant production team by at least 100 employees, particularly operators for its Stiefel rolling mills so that it can effectively manage a three- and four-shift operation.

Černý added: “Although there are a lack of workers in the market with the specialist skills we need, we believe we can hire skillful people whom we can train ourselves. LIBERTY Ostrava offers not only above standard salaries and benefits but, most importantly, stability. Our pipes are necessary for transport of everything from oil to water to gas, which the Oil & Gas, construction or automotive sector can’t do without. That’s why they will still always be in demand and that’s why jobs in the plant are so in demand.” 

The new tube plant workers are eligible to the recruitment allowance of up to CZK 35, 000 and benefits such as quarterly and annual bonuses, contribution to insurance, 25 days of vacation as well as many other benefits. 

Applicants can get more information at the toll-free line: +420 800 202 010 or e-mail:

Further 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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