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  • BHP Billiton Group created from merger of BHP Ltd and Billiton Plc in 2001
  • BHP was incorporated in 1885 as a global natural resources company
  • Billiton began in 1860 to become global leader in the metals and mining sector
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(CNN) -- As a global company, BHP Billiton is one of the industry leaders in major commodity businesses including aluminum, energy coal and metallurgical coal, copper, manganese, iron ore, uranium, nickel, silver and titanium minerals, with substantial interests in oil, gas, liquefied natural gas and diamonds.

BHP Billiton is one of the world's largest diversified resources companies.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, BHP Billiton Group was created through the Dual Listed Companies (DLC) merger of BHP Limited (now BHP Billiton Limited) and Billiton Plc (now BHP Billiton Plc), which was concluded on June 29, 2001.

BHP was incorporated in 1885 as a global natural resources company, engaged in the discovery, development, production and marketing of iron ore, coal, copper, oil and gas, diamonds, silver, lead, zinc and a range of other natural resources. It was also a market leader in value-added flat steel products.

Billiton's roots go back to 1860, as it worked its way to become a global leader in the metals and mining sector, as well as a major producer of aluminum and alumina, chrome and manganese ores and alloys, steaming coal, nickel and titanium minerals. Billiton also developed a substantial and growing copper portfolio.

Today BHP Billiton is one of the world's largest diversified resources companies, with 39,000 employees working in more than 100 operations in 25 countries.

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