Established in 2001 from a merger between BHP Limited and Billiton Plc., BHP Billiton is one of the leading resource companies in the world. It deals in a variety of commodities, including aluminum, copper, manganese, iron ore, uranium, nickel, silver, titanium, minerals, oil, liquefied natural gas, diamonds, and energy and metallurgical coal. The company s products include extrusion billets, rolling slabs, wire rods, alumina, bauxite, nickel oxide, cobalt cathodes and stainless steel. It offers product marketing, distribution, trading, commercial structuring, logistics support and delivery services. The company serves the energy, manufacturing, technology and automobile industries. With annual revenue of more than $50 billion, it has a staff of over 40,000 employees. BHP Billiton maintains nearly 100 operations in approximately 25 countries worldwide.