2017 marked our 25th anniversary as a company. It was an outstanding year in every aspect. We again achieved record sales and production while developing our people, strengthening our programs, and deepening our commitment to our Responsible Care Ethic and Principles for Sustainability.
Methanex formed in 1992 as a small collection of manufacturing plants in an emerging industry. In 25 years we have merged our assets into a unified business; acquired, retired, restarted, and relocated plants; built a new plant from the ground up; and formed a shipping company. More importantly, we have built an incredible global team and developed strategic partnerships to grow new applications for methanol.
From the early days, we have conducted our activities with a Responsible Care and sustainability ethic and worked to spread and embed that message throughout the value chain. With commitment and support from every level of the organization, we have embedded Responsible Care—and its ongoing improvement—into the hearts and minds of our team.
An exciting milestone in 2017 was the one-year anniversary of the delivery of the world's first-of-their-kind dual-fueled vessels capable of running on methanol. The addition of these seven ships to our fleet is one of several examples of how methanol is growing in the energy sector, driven by global regulatory trends toward cleaner-burning fuels. In both our work to advance methanol as a clean source of energy and our robust product stewardship programs, Responsible Care is our foundation.
Environmental stewardship and protection are fundamental to our Responsible Care practices. Since our start as a company we have reduced CO2 emissions intensity from manufacturing by 34% while achieving record levels of production. Improvements to the reliability and operational efficiency of existing plants and use of the latest technologies in our newer plants have enabled this achievement, and they remain our focus today.
The health and safety of people are our top priorities. This is why we set our goal as zero injuries and maintain the highest standards for physical, mental, and social well-being in the workplace. It is also why we are disappointed to report more injuries to team members in 2017 than we have had in recent years. Since 2014 we have achieved good results due to key safety-culture and contractor-management programs, and we are continually evolving our safety programs. We know that we are on the right track, and in 2018, we will intensify our efforts to advance these programs and attain our goal of zero injuries.
We have the capacity to make a difference for people. We also know that it is our people's talent, creativity, and commitment that enable us to make a positive difference for people in our communities. Through our teams' passion for volunteering, fundraising, and sponsorship, we are contributing to the sustainability of our communities.
One of the ways we take care of our people and ensure the sustainability of our organization is through employee engagement and talent development. In 2017 we made important strides in responding to employee feedback by building and strengthening our mentoring, leadership, and Switch On to Responsible Care programs throughout the organization. We also improved technology tools that enable inter-regional collaborations, a hallmark of our global business operations.
With incredible teams, hearts and minds engaged in Responsible Care and sustainability initiatives, we continue to provide safe, reliable, low-cost product to our customers and remain unrelenting in our Responsible Care efforts.
President and Chief Executive Officer