Ritter Von Schwarz´s report

JN Tata reads a report by German geologist, Ritter Von Schwarz, titled "Report on the financial prospects of iron-working in the Chanda district". The paper indicates the availability of rich deposits of iron ore in Lohara. But the plan is dropped due to unavailability of suitable coal.


Supporting Indian industry

Major Mahon or Mohan gives a report that recommends promotion of the steel industry in India. The Viceroy, Lord Curzon, liberalises the licensing system enabling JN Tata to start work.


A momentous meeting

JN Tata meets Lord George Hamilton, Secretary of State for India, in England, setting the ball rolling for the establishment of a steel plant in India.


An important letter

Indian geologist PN Bose writes a letter to JN Tata citing the availability of rich deposits of iron ore in Mayurbhanj supported by limestone and coalfields in the vicinity. The Maharaja of Mayurbhanj is willing to extend his support.


The first GM

RG Wells is appointed as the first General Manager of Tata Iron & Steel Company.


The first coal mine

Tata Iron & Steel obtains its first colliery in 1910, adding six more in the course of time.


Starting operations

The first Blast Furnace or the 'A' Blast Furnace begins operations successfully.


The first production run

The first ingot of steel rolls out of the Sakchi plant. The bar mills commence rolling in the month of October, the second blast furnace becomes operational and 8-hour working day is introduced.


The second GM

AE Woolsey becomes the second General Manager of Tata Iron & Steel Company.


The third GM

Barton R Shover becomes the third General Manager of Tata Iron & Steel Company.


A new GM

Temple W Tutwiler becomes the General Manager of Tata Iron & Steel Company


India´s first coke plant

India´s first steel (coke) plant is established on June 18th as an enterprise financed by Indian capital and built by Indian workers. The plant served as a beacon for India's economic independence and the Swadeshi movement.


Training for the future

The Jamshedpur Technical Institute of Tata Steel is set-up with 23 students. The institute seeks to replace foreign technical experts with their Indian counterparts. Furnished with sophisticated equipment, the institute continues to be one of the best in the country.


Duplex process

Manufacture of steel by the Duplex process begins.


A new leader

CA Alexander becomes the General Manager of Tata Steel.


At the vanguard

In 1930 JL Keenan becomes the General Manager of Tata Steel.


Founder’s Day was first instituted by Tata Steel on March 3, 1932

It was DM Madan, Chief Accountant, Tata Iron and Steel Company, who first conceived the idea of observing and celebrating an annual gathering to commemorate the birth anniversary of J.N. Tata.


Tisco Review launch

Our bilingual in-house magazine, Tisco Review, commences publication.


The first Indian GM

Jehangir Gandhy becomes the first Indian General Manager of Tata Steel.


Research lab

The Research and Control laboratory is established in Jamshedpur.


A new chairman

JRD Tata becomes the Chairman of Tata Steel.


War efforts

Manufacture of special steel for war purposes begins. In 1942, the Tatanagar Tank is built.


Expanding our horizons

Agreement signed with Kaiser Engineers for a 2 million tonne expansion programme.


Working together

Joint consultations for 'working together' is introduced.


Golden jubilee

Jubilee Park is dedicated to the nation on completion of 50 years of Tata Steel’s existence.



SK Nanavati becomes the Director-in-Charge and later becomes the Managing Director in 1970.


Bringing in computing

IBM 1401 systems introduced.


Changes in Management

In 1972 RS Pande becomes the Managing Director.


Russi Mody at the helm

Russi Mody becomes the Managing Director.


LD1 inaugurated

Basic Oxygen Furnace Shop - LD1 inaugurated.


Kicking off sports

The Tata Football Academy is established to inculcate the spirit of sports and games among the youth.


Celebrating the sporting spirit

JRD Tata dedicates a sprawling multi-crore sports complex to the citizens of Jamshedpur.


Bharat Ratna for J R D Tata

JRD Tata is conferred the Bharat Ratna for his contribution to aviation and industry on January 26, 1992.


Ratan N Tata is Chairman

Mr Ratan Tata takes over as Chairman from JRD Tata on April 19, 1993.


Best Integrated Steel plant

Tata Steel receives the Prime Minister's trophy for the 'Best Integrated Steel plant' for the first time.


New Innovations

Production of stamp charged batteries 6&7 begins in 1994. The 'G' Blast Furnace gets commissioned in 1992.


Padma Bhushan for Ratan N Tata

Ratan N Tata is conferred the Padma Bhushan on January 26, 2000.


Corus Group integration

London-based steel manufacturer Corus Group is acquired on April 2, 2007 and Tata Steel Europe is established. The merger makes us among the top ten steel producers globally and the second-most geographically diversified steel producer in the world.


Centenary postage stamp

Commemorating Tata Steel's Centenary year, the Indian Prime Minister, D. Manmohan Singh, unveils the Centenary Postage Stamp.


The Deming Grand Prize 2012

Tata Steel creates history by becoming the first integrated steel company in the world to be awarded the coveted Deming Grand Prize.


New beginnings

The first phase of Kalinganagar Project - Tata Steel’s second integrated steel plant in India starts commercial production in May 2016.