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Tata companies operate in seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. They are, by and large, based in India and have significant international operations. The total revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $70.8 billion (around Rs325,334 crore) in 2008-09, with 64.8 per cent of this coming from business outside India, and they employ around 363,039 people worldwide. The Tata name has been respected in India for 140 years for its adherence to strong values and business ethics.

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1868 Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata starts a private trading firm, laying the foundation of the Tata Group
1874 Establishes Central India Spinning, Weaving and Manufacturing Company, marking the Group’s entry into textiles
1902 The Indian Hotels Company is incorporated to set up the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, India’s first luxury hotel, which opened in 1903
1907 The Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel) is established to set up India’s first iron and steel plant in Jamshedpur. The plant started production in 1912
1910 Sets up the first of the three Tata Electric Companies, The Tata Hydro-Electric Power Supply Company (now Tata Power)
1917 Tata enters the consumer goods industry with the establishment of Tata Oil Mills to make soaps, detergents, and cooking oils
1932 Sets up Tata Airlines, a division of Tata Sons, establishing the aviation sector in India
1939 Establishes Tata Chemicals, now the largest producer of soda ash in India
1945 Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (renamed Tata Motors in 2003) is established to manufacture locomotive and engineering products
1952 Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, requests the Group to manufacture cosmetics in India, leading to the setting up of Lakme
1954 Establishes India’s major marketing, engineering and manufacturing organisation, Voltas
1962 Sets up Tata Finlay (now Tata Tea), one of the largest tea producers. Establishes Tata Exports, renamed Tata International, a leading export house in India
1968 Establishes Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a division of Tata Sons. India’s first software services company
1996 Establishes Tata Teleservices (TTSL) to spearhead the Group’s foray into the telecom sector
1998 Tata Motors launches Tata Indica – India’s first indigenously designed and manufactured car – marking the Group’s entry into the passenger car segment
2000 Tata Tea acquires the Tetley Group, UK. This is the first major acquisition of an international brand by an Indian business group
2001 Tata-AIG – a joint venture between the Tata Group and American International Group Inc (AIG) – marks the Group’s re-entry into insurance
2002 Tata Group acquires a controlling stake in VSNL, India’s leading international telecommunications service provider
2004 Tata Motors acquires the heavy vehicles unit of Daewoo Motors, South Korea
2005 Tata Steel acquires Singapore-based steel company NatSteel by subscribing to 100% equity of its subsidiary, NatSteel Asia. Trent acquires majority stake in India’s largest, privately owned books and music retailer, Landmark. Tata Steel acquires a stake in Carborough Down Coal Project, Queensland, Australia. TCS acquires leading BPO firm, Comicrom, in Chile. The Indian Hotels Company acquires hotel run by Starwood, Sydney. Tata Steel acquires Millennium Steel, Thailand. Tata Chemicals acquires controlling stake in Brunner Mond Group, UK
2006 Tata and Indigene Pharmaceuticals establish a global biopharmaceutical company. Tata Sky satellite television service launched in India; Tata Steel begins construction of a Rs670m ferrochrome plant in South Africa. Tata Group acquires a 30% stake in Glacéau
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