Železiarne Podbrezová a. s. is integrated producer of steel and the seamless steel tubes based in Podbrezová, Central Slovakia. The annual production is 160,000 tons of seamless steel tubes, which makes the company one of the leading manufacturers of steel tubes in Europe. Production facilities in Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Spain are brought together under the brand name ŽP Group. Sales from the company are conducted in 50 countries of the world and through their own sales and marketing network. The research and development centre of ŽP guarantees the advancement and development of various products and technologies in production. The history of the company began in 1840, and it has excelled in every period as the company was able to face many obstacles and still maintain an excellent position among the metallurgical industry. Since its inception, Železiarne Podbrezová has had a governing philosophy that the success and prosperity of the company depends primarily on its people. On a long term basis careful attention is devoted to organizing professional development of the young generation. Today, the company is preparing its employees in their own private secondary metallurgical vocational school and private high school. Considerable attention is paid to the social, cultural and sports activities of its employees.