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Billiton UK

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The UK subsidiary of NV Billiton

1851 Vincent Gildemeester Baron van Tuyll van Serooskerken, John Francis Loudon and their party discovered a rich supply of tin on Billiton Island (Belitung) on the first day of their landing in Indonesia.

1860 NV Billiton Maatschappij was established in The Hague, Netherlands.

1928 Started tin smelting in the Netherlands

1935 First bauxite mine established on Bintan Island, Indonesia

1962 Titanium dioxide production began in the Netherlands

1970 Royal/Dutch Shell Group acquired Billiton.

1977 First joint venture discussions held with Broken Hill Proprietary Indonesia to explore for metal minerals on the island of Belitung, Indonesia.

1978 Acquired Morris Ashby Limited, United Kingdom, producer of anti-corrosive pigments for paint industry.

1981 Commissioned magnesium plant at Veendam, the Netherlands.

1987 Commissioned Boddington gold mine in Western Australia.

2001 Agreement to merge with BHP. The company became BHP Billiton

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Sources of Information

  • History of Billiton [1]