Aperam is a leading global stainless and specialty steel producer with an annual production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes in 2016. We are a leading stainless and specialty steel producer in South America and the second largest producer in Europe. We are also a leading producer of high value added specialty products, including grain oriented ("GO") and non-grain oriented ("NGO") electrical steels and nickel alloys.
Our production capacity is concentrated in six production facilities located in Brazil, Belgium and France, and we have about 9,500 employees at end of December 2016. Our distribution network is comprised of 14 Steel Service Centres ("SSCs"), 8 transformation facilities and 20 sales offices. Our products are sold to customers in over 40 countries, including customers in the aerospace, automotive, catering, construction, household appliances and electrical engineering, industrial processes, medical, and oil & gas industries.
We had sales of U.S.$4.3 billion and U.S.$4.7 billion and EBITDA of U.S.$492 million and U.S.$501 million for the years ended December 31, 2016, and 2015, respectively. Shipments amounted to 1.92 million tonnes and 1.89 million tonnes for the years ended December 31, 2016, and 2015, respectively.
Aperam commits to operate in a responsible way with respect to health, safety and the well-being of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. It is also committed to the sustainable management of the environment and of finite resources.