Czech Republic based LIBERTY Ostrava is undergoing extensive modifications to the Steckel rolling mill, which is the only producer of hot-rolled strips in the Czech Republic. The aim of replacing some technological nodes with more modern ones by the end of 2023 is to increase the reliability and sustainability of the Steckel line, improve the quality of its products and achieve annual production of over 1 million tonnes. The modernization will cost EUR 33 million. By modernizing, LIBERTY Ostrava will increase the quality of the steel strip as well as the rolling mill's reliability and efficiency, so that LIBERTY Ostrava can produce over 1 million tonnes of flat products per year The reconstruction of the Steckel rolling mill takes place in several stages due to the long delivery times of components and spare parts. It started this spring and will last until the end of 2023. After this year's shutdown in November, 1,400 obsolete hydraulic elements have already been replaced, which have been replaced by more modern ones. In May next year, further modifications will include the installation of two X-ray sheet thickness gauges, the replacement of kiln winders and laminar cooling cooling towers. The control program will be modernized, which provides model control of the line, including more accurate prediction of rolling forces and temperatures. Subsequently, the functional blocks of the cylinder bends in the stools will be replaced by more modern components, including a hydraulic capsule. In the next steps, the functions of sprays and frits and cooling of the cylinders are to be improved. An equally important part will also be the gradual replacement of all auxiliary regulated drives on the track. In the spring and autumn of 2023, the installation of new technological elements will always require at least a two-week shutdown of the track. The strip rolling mill was built in the 1990s as a completely new operation, including a 200-meter-long. The advantage of the Steckel rolling mill in the Ostrava steelworks is a high degree of flexibility, the operation is economical even with a lower annual production volume, which allows the company to respond flexibly to market requirements. LIBERTY Ostrava is an integrated metallurgical company with an annual production capacity of 3.6 million tons of steel, which is used mainly in the construction, engineering and petrochemical industries.