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Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata starts a private trading firm, laying the foundation for the Tata group.
The central India spinning, weaving and manufacturing company is setup, marking the group’s entry into textiles and its first large-scale industrial venture.
The Indian Hotels Company is incorporated to setup the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in 1903.
Jamshetji’s eldest son Sir Dorab Tata takes over.
The Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel) is established to setup India’s first iron and steel plant in Jamshedpur.
The first of the three Tata Electric Companies, The Tata hydro-Electric Power Supply Company is setup.
Nowroji Saklatwala holds temporary reins.
JRD Tata brings control back to the family.
Tata Airlines is established, opening up the aviation sector in India. Tata Chemicals now the largest producer of soda ash in the country, is established.
Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (renamed Tata Motors in 2003) is established to manufacture locomotive and engineering products.
Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, requests the Group to manufacture cosmetics in India, leading to the setting up of Lakme.
India’s major marketing, engineering and manufacturing organization, Voltas, is established.
Tata Finlay (now Tata Tea), one of the largest tea producers, is established.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s first software services company, is established.
Ratan Tata brings in the new guard.
Tata Teleservices (TTSL) is established to lead the group’s foray into the telecom sector.
Tata Indica – India’s first indigenously designed and manufactured car – is launched by Tata Motors.
Tata Tea acquires the Tetley Group, UK. This is the first major acquisition of an international brand by an Indian business group.
Tata AIG – a joint venture with the American International Group Inc (AIG) – marks the Tata reentry into Insurance.
Tata Sons acquires a controlling stake in VSNL, renaming it Tata Communication in 2008.
Tata Sky satellite television service launched across the country.
Tata Steel acquires the Ango-Dutch Steel maker Corus, and emerges as the world’s fifth-largest steel producer.
Tata Motors unveils Tata Nano, the People’s Car, and acquires the Jaguar and Land Rover brands from the Ford Motor Company.