Hydro is a resource rich, fully integrated aluminium company with operations in all major activities along the aluminium industry's value chain. Our operations include one of the world's largest bauxite mines and the world's largest alumina refinery, both located in Brazil. We have primary metal production facilities in Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Qatar. We are a leading worldwide supplier of value-added casthouse products, such as extrusion ingots, sheet ingots and foundry alloys. In 2017, we had metal product sales of 2.9 million mt to internal and external customers, from casthouses integrated with our primary smelters and from an extensive network of specialized remelt facilities close to customers in Europe and the US.
We are an industry leader as a supplier to a range of downstream markets, in particular the packaging, lithographic, building, automotive and transport sectors. We deliver high-quality, energy-saving aluminium products and solutions, and have strong positions in markets that provide opportunities for good financial returns. In 2017, Hydro acquired Orkla's 50 percent interest in Sapa, securing full ownership of the global leader in extruded aluminium solutions. The new business area Extruded Solutions has significant operations in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
With more than 100 years of experience in hydropower, Hydro is the second-largest operator of power production in Norway. We have substantial, self-generated power capacity to support our production of primary metal, and are engaged in a number of initiatives to secure competitive power supplies for our aluminium operations.
Annual report 2017