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12.10.2016 - VÍTKOVICE STEEL PRODUCED THE FIRST PLATES MADE FROM BRAZILIAN SLABS

Ostrava, 12 October 2016 - With the participation of representatives of the diplomatic corps, the supplier and the city of Ostrava, slabs from a new supplier of primary raw material for the production of heavy plates, the Brazilian company Empresa Siderúrgica de Pecém were symbolically baptized today in VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s. (the "Company"). So a year since the shutdown of our mill operations, a large supply of slabs has started to come to Ostrava, to complement deliveries from other suppliers from EU countries, Russia and Ukraine.

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6.9.2016 - VÍTKOVICE STEEL TO PRODUCE PLATES MADE FROM BRAZILIAN STEEL

Ostrava, 6 September 2016 - This year in July, VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s. (the "Company") agreed on the bulk supply of steel slabs, the primary raw material for the production of so-called heavy steel plates, manufactured by the Brazilian company Compania Siderúrgica de Pecém. Under this contract, the first slabs from Brazil have already been dispatched to arrive in Ostrava in early October. The supply volume of slabs from South America will reach a substantial portion of the total annual volume of the charge consumption required for the production of heavy plates at the 3.5 Kvarto rolling mill (max. 800,000 tons / year).

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15.2.2016 - EMPLOYEES OF VÍTKOVICE STEEL DEMONSTRATE IN BRUSSELS AGAINST CHEAP IMPORTED STEEL FROM CHINA

Ostrava, 15 February 2016 – Joint-stock company VÍTKOVICE STEEL (hereinafter the “Company”) joined protests of the European steel industry against granting market economy status (MES) to China. Yesterday, on Sunday afternoon, the bus set out with 21 employees aboard from Ostrava to Brussels for a planned demonstration of European steel companies. On their trip to Brussels, they were joined by another approximately 80 employees of ArcelorMittal Ostrava and TŽ.

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17.12.2015 - THE VÍTKOVICE STEEL CHARITY FUND HAS DONATED TO PEOPLE IN NEED

Ostrava, December 17, 2015 - For the second time this year, representatives of NGOs, primarily from the Moravian-Silesian Region, together with the management of the VÍTKOVICE STEEL Charity Fund (VSCF) gathered together to sign a deed of donation rising to the total amount of 2.5 million CZK. From a total of 150 applications submitted, and totalling more than 20 million CZK, the Board of Trustees of the charity fund selected a total of 30 projects that aim to support the Moravian-Silesian Region. Traditionally, submitters also include employees of VÍTKOVICE STEEL, who presented 13 projects under the programme called "PEOPLE FROM THE STEEL HELP." Together with the projects from the first round of VSCF allocation plan, which took place in the first half of this year, a total of 4.5 million CZK was allocated from VSCF this year toward 38 projects to support handicapped children, care for the elderly, education and sports, etc.

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24.11.2015 - VÍTKOVICE STEEL IMPROVES THE AIR IN OSTRAVA

Ostrava, November 24, 2015 - With the participation of the company’s employees, management, and invited guests the operation of a modernized pusher furnace no. 2 was officially put into trial today in the VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s. Quarto 3.5 rolling mill. The ecological benefit of the project lies primarily in the reduction of the amount of discharged nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere by approximately 21.7 tons per year. By reducing emissions, this project will contribute toward improving the environment in Ostrava. The total investment is 196 million CZK. Activities were implemented with a provision of subsidies from the Operational Programme Environment in the amount of 125 million CZK. The first slab, which left the new furnace today, is designed to produce a so-called heavy plate for a customer, the SIAG Company. Ultimately, the sheet will be used to manufacture parts of a wind power plant.

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30.9.2015 - PRESS INFORMATION

Ostrava, September 30, 2015. The shutdown of the VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s. steelworks (hereinafter as the Company) was implemented today. The reason for this action was inadequate setting of the operating conditions for the steelworks, which does not allow for maintaining long-term production of the Company in the future. The Company will replace input semi-finished products for the production of heavy plates, the so-called slabs, with deliveries from suppliers in the European Union and Russia.

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13.3.2015 - PRESS INFORMATION

VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s. strongly objects to the information published by certain media outlets related to the alleged transfer of the company’s production from the Czech Republic to Russia.

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13.2.2015 - PRESS RELEASE

The management of VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s. (hereinafter referred to as the Company) and the Regional Authority of the Moravian-Silesian Region have agreed not to extend the integrated permit required for the continued operation of the steel shop. As a result, the Company will close down the steel shop by September 30th, 2015. The Company sees this step as the end of a chapter in the life of the firm and remains focused on the challenges of the future, which it proves by investing in production technologies valued at approximately 300m CZK in 2015. After several years, the Company has once again achieved positive EBITDA results and is beginning to harvest the results of many years of work aimed at transforming itself and reducing its costs.

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12.2.2015 - PRESS INFORMATION

The Regional Authority of the Moravian-Silesian Region agreed with VÍTKOVICE STEEL, (hereinafter the Company) to not extend the integrated permit required for the operation of the Steelworks after September 30, 2015. Both sides are convinced that the extension of the integrated permit for another six months does not solve the long-term employment situation in the Moravian-Silesian Region, and currently would not have a major financial impact on the company and its existence. Both sides agreed that it is strategically important to find solutions for the departing employees as soon as possible. Dmitry Ščuka, Chairman of VÍTKOVICE STEEL, a.s., said: "We considered all realistic options and we are convinced that this decision will help to close one chapter in the history of the Company, and over the long term will maintain future production in VÍTKOVICE STEEL."

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16.12.2014 - VÍTKOVICE STEEL Charity Fund will support non-profit organizations in the Moravian-Silesian Region in 2015 in the amount of 6.7 million CZK

Representatives of non-profit organizations and private persons from the Moravian-Silesian Region gathered December 16, 2014 in the Ostrava MERCURE Hotel with the management of the VÍTKOVICE STEEL Charity Fund (VSCF) to sign donation agreements to fund their projects. Based on the VSCF call 160 applications were filed, of which the Fund Board of Directors selected 24 projects to receive a total of 6.2 million CZK. A total of 6.7 million crowns were divided into 36 projects together with twelve Employee Projects amounting to 474,000 crowns to provide support in the Moravian-Silesian Region. 

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