BHP Billiton is now BHP
SYDNEY: Miner BHP Billiton yesterday announced it would drop the name Billiton in a rebranding exercise to build its standing as a major Australian company rather than a multinational giant.
The world’s biggest miner’s Australian roots stretch back to the Broken Hill Proprietary Co that began operations in the outback in 1885.
It opened head offices in Melbourne the same year, but became BHP Billiton in a merger with the South African company that bore that name in 2001.
Chief external affairs officer Geoff Healy said a new “Think Big” advertising campaign was designed to demonstrate the important role BHP plays in the Australian economy and community.
“The advertisements will talk about the importance of our Australian heritage, our contribution and our commitment to communities where we operate. The campaign will focus on what people can and should expect of us.”
“In launching Think Big, we will take the opportunity to change our logo and move to a brand that Australians have known us by for generations — BHP.
BHP is among the world’s top producers of major commodities including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium, along with oil, gas and coal.
The rebranding comes at a sensitive time for the company, with United States-based hedge fund Elliott Advisors, a significant shareholder, pushing for a restructure of the business, arguing as much as 50 per cent more value in the stock could be unlocked. AFP
The campaign will focus on what people can and should expect of us.