Trafigura is one of the world's largest independent commodities trading house by turnover, specializing in oil and metals.
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Here are some facts about Trafigura:
- It was founded by Frenchmen Claude Dauphin, Eric de Turkheim and Englishman Graham Sharp in 1993.
- The company is not listed and the founders' shareholding is not disclosed.
- Its main offices are Trafigura Beheer B.V. in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A large part of its trading is done through its London offices.
- Trafigura employs about 1,900 people in 42 countries, with offices in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
- Turnover in 2008 was $73 billion.
- The company says it trades an average 1.5 million barrels of crude and oil products a day, making it the third-largest independent oil trader in the world.
- The group has investments in industrial assets globally of more than $1 billion, including: oil storage and delivery facilities in Africa, Central and South America, mostly run by subsidiary Puma Group of Companies; a zinc, lead and silver mine in Peru.
- It has more than $600 million in a resource fund under management by subsidiary Galena Asset Management.
Source: Trafigura, corporate website.
(Reporting by Ikuko Kao and Catherine Bosley; Editing by William Hardy)