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The many functions of BHP Billiton
BHP Billiton’s business is to discover, develop, convert and sell natural resources. Represented in 25 countries around the world, their business reflects a unique diversification across markets and geographic regions. They are among the world’s top producers of major commodities including aluminium, energy coal, metallurgical coal, copper, manganese, iron ore, uranium, nickel, silver and titanium minerals, and have substantial interests in oil and gas.
For 150 years, BHP Billiton have been developing and contributing to industry, communities and economies throughout the world. Billiton’s roots trace back to 1860 and a tin mine on an island in Indonesia, while BHP’s rich and varied history began in a silver, lead and zinc mine in Broken Hill, Australia. In 2001, BHP Billiton was formed through the merger of BHP Limited and Billiton Plc with head offices in Melbourne and London respectively. Both organisations continue to exist as separate companies but operate on a combined basis as BHP Billiton.The organisation is designed around ten businesses:
- Base Metals
- Diamonds and Specialty Products
- Energy Coal
- Iron Ore
- Metallurgical Coal
- Stainless Steel Materials
These product businesses are supported by Minerals Exploration and Marketing teams and other Group-wide Functions such as Treasury and Corporate Finance, Legal and Human Resources.