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Sapa Group

Sapa AS
50/50 joint venture
Industry Aluminium
Headquarters Oslo
Key people Svein Tore Holsether (CEO)
Products building products
heat transfer
profiles Extrusion
Revenue NOK 43 billion 2012)
Employees 23,000 (2013)

Sapa AS is a Norwegian manufacturer of extruded aluminium profiles, a 50/50 joint venture owned by the Norwegian companies Orkla Group and Norsk Hydro. Sapa's head office is in Oslo. It is the largest aluminium solutions company in the world, counting 100 production sites in more than 40 countries, and 23,000 employees


Skandinaviska Aluminiumprofiler AB (Scandinavian Aluminum Profiles) set up its first extrusion plant in Vetlanda in 1963, with sales of aluminum profiles from the Swedish plant beginning in 1967. Sapa established in 1970-71 the company Sapa Spont. This was the company's first building system. Its first plant outside of Sweden was the Dutch subsidiary, Scandex.[1] In 1974, Sapa Front building systems was introduced. The firm was acquired by the Swedish aluminum manufacturer Gränges Aluminium in 1976.

In 1980, Electrolux acquired Gränges, followed by a series of acquisitions and investments leading up to the introduction of Gränges AB on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in 1997. In 2005, Sapa was acquired by the Norwegian corporation Orkla ASA and delisted from the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

Sapa and Alcoa engaged in a joint venture in 2007 to become the world's largest aluminium extrusion company.[2] One year later, in 2008, after a swap transaction between Alcoa and Orkla, Orkla become the sole owner of Sapa.

In 2009, Sapa acquired the 10 North American extrusion plants that belonged to Indalex. Indalex was under bankruptcy protection at the time of the purchase. The acquisition covered six plants in the United States and four in Canada.[3]

In October 2012, Orkla and the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro announced that they had agreed to combine the aluminium extrusion-based activities of Sapa and Hydro into a new 50/50 joint venture. This joint venture would bring together the industry's two largest global players. After having received approvals from all relevant authorities, the joint venture transaction was closed and the new company established on September 1, 2013.


Sapa AS includes five business areas, and is owned to 50 percent by Orkla ASA and 50 percent by Hydro ASA. Sapa is divided into Sapa Extrusions, Sapa Precision Tubing and Sapa Building Systems. The company has some 100 production sites in more than 40 countries. Sapa AS has about 23,000 employees across the world. It is the leading aluminium solutions company in the industry.

Business areas

Sapa Extrusions

Sapa Extrusions is a producer of extruded aluminium profiles. Our sites also handle cutting, bending, CNC processing, hydroforming, fusion welding, friction stir welding, electromagnetic pulse forming, electromagnetic pulse welding[4] anodizing and painting. We have production sites across Europe and the United States, in Asia and in South America. As a result of the joint venture with Norsk Hydro, Sapa Extrusions has been divided into three different business areas, covering the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Sapa Building Systems

Sapa Building Systems develops and sells aluminium-based window, door and facade products and solutions that are aimed at enhancing the holistic performance of the building. This includes the development of energy-saving concepts. Sapa's portfolio of brands - Domal, Sapa Building System, Technal, Wicona - ensure a proper response to the various segments of the global market for facades, windows and doors.

Sapa Precision Tubing

Sapa Precision Tubing is the clear market leader in the field of providing aluminium solutions for heat-exchanger applications. Customers use our aluminium solutions in heat transfer applications for the automotive, HVAC, and solar market segments, and utilize tube lines for carrying liquids or gases. Our global footprint in manufacturing and technical support allows us to support global and regional customers wherever they are located.


In 1996 Sapa introduced Friction Stir Welding (FSW) to enable a process of solid-state joining as a production method. The method drastically advanced the production capacity at Sapa. Half of today's research and development budget at Sapa is directed towards finding new ways for heat transfer to occur.


Sapa AS has production and/or sales activities in the following countries[5]



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