Tata Group

Modern India is a glorious combination of ambition, enterprise and skill. Its magnificent monuments, bustling cities and robust infrastructure tell the story of a progressive nation, ready to shape the future. But propelling us into this exciting future is a many-splendored past. A formidable economic power today, India is firmly rooted in traditions and principles that have guided the evolution of our generations. We at the Tata Group take a special pride in India’s growth story, having been an intrinsic part of it over the ages.

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, our founding father, established the Tata Group on value, vision and leadership. The Empress Mill, set up in Nagpur in 1874, was based on these solid principles. His son, Sir Dorab Tata, steered the Tata brand to spectacular success over the next two decades and into the 20th century. The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, India's first luxury hotel, opened its doors to an awe-struck public in 1903. A few years later, in 1907, Tata Steel was established in Jamshedpur, followed by Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore in 1911.

Between 1938 and 1992, JRD Tata took the Tata Group forward weathering countless challenges. A man with unrivalled foresight and an unflinching resolve, Tata’s exponential progress in a difficult era can be attributed to his exemplary vision and courage. The establishment of Tata Aviation Services in 1938, eventually nationalised to form Air India in 1953, was a significant achievement for the group. Tata Chemicals was set up in 1939 to make it a double triumph. It is presently the largest producer of soda ash in the country. Tata Motors, Voltas, Tata Tea, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) – India's first software services company, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and Titan Industries were further additions to the Tata family. Under JRD Tata, the Tata Group became a part of everyday life in India, serving the nation whether on land or in the skies, at home or in factories, at work or at leisure.


After 140 incredible years of staggering growth, the Tata Group still had new peaks to scale. Thanks to an astounding surge in growth between 1992 and 2012 under the leadership of Ratan Tata, the Tata Group grew 33 times in revenue. It became a truly international conglomerate and India’s largest and most respected business group.

In the last century and four decades, the group has spread its wings far and wide. Over 4,56,000 members of the Tata family are spread across 85 countries in six different continents. The Tata Group’s plans of all-round global development have taken flight even as its feet stay planted in cherished business standards. The products and services of the Tata Group are now exported to more than 120 nations. The group’s global business operations comprise more than 100 companies in seven business sectors viz. communication and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals.

In 1998, Tata Indica, India's first indigenously designed and manufactured car, was launched by Tata Motors. In 2000, Tata Tea acquired the Tetley Group, UK. This was the first major acquisition of an international brand by an Indian business group.

Tata’s growth has been inextricably linked with that of the nation. Tata, forever in the service of India, gave her first steel plant, hydro-electric plant and inorganic chemistry plant to usher in a technological revolution. The Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Tata Memorial Hospital are some of the Tata Group’s contributions that have brought India worldwide recognition. Prestige, profit and acclaim have never been ends in themselves, however: the goal of the Tata Group’s founder was to establish a technologically developed and self-reliant nation.Along with scientific, technological and economic development, the Tata Group has been a major contributor to another important tool in nation building: art and culture.

For 140 years, the Tata Group has stood for the five core values of integrity, understanding, excellence, unity, and responsibility. It has weathered the test of time and earned the distinction of being the most trusted brand name in India and the world. This golden legacy has earned the admiration of the group’s stakeholders. Following the motto ‘Leadership with Trust’, we have consistently set the standard across industries and brands. There is no greater embodiment of business ethics and commitment to corporate social responsibility than our legendary leader JRD Tata. What better way to sum up the Tata Group’s philosophy and success than in his words?

“If I were to attribute any single reason to such success as I have achieved, I would say that success would not have been possible without a sustained belief that what I did or attempted to do would serve the needs and interests of our country and our people and that I was a trustee of such interests.”