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Tata Steel Centenary Celebrations <font style="font face=Verdana" face="Verdana" size="2"> <h1 align="center">Tata Steel Snapshots <br><font size="3">100 Years of TATA Steel | 100 Moments of Nation Building</font></h1> <p>Tata Steel was established hundred years ago. It has evolved ever since to reach the pinnacle of success where it stands today with pride. 100 moments which have been significant milestones in the company's journey towards nation building. </p> <ol> <li><u><b>Mahon's Report (1899)</b></u><br> The Viceroy, Lord Curzon liberalized the mineral concession policy in 1899. Major R.H. Mahon published a report on the manufacture of iron &amp; steel in India which inspired <b>Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata</b> to set up a <b>steel plant in India</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>The Search (1900-1907)</b></u><br> J.N. Tata's dream of building a steel plant in India was fulfilled with support from <b>American metallurgist, Julian Kennedy, consulting engineer, Charles Page Perin and geologist, C.M. Weld</b>, who were invited to explore raw materials deposits. Rich deposits were found in Central India. However, all these places either lacked the supply of water or had unsuitable coal and limestone supplies. Later, <b>Indian geologist, P.N. Bose,</b> discovered rich deposits of iron ore in the State of Mayurbhanj and informed the Tata's about it in 1904. Finally, in 1907 the search ended with the <b>discovery of Sakchi</b> close to the Gorumahisani Hills.<br> &nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>A Modern City is Dreamt (1902)</b></u><br> A pioneer in town-planning as in everything else, Jamsetji's vision of Jamshedpur was that of a well-designed township for its inhabitants.<br><br> &quot;<i>Be sure to lay wide streets planted with shady trees, every other of a quick growing variety. Be sure that there is plenty of space for lawns and gardens. Reserve large areas for football, hockey and parks. Earmark areas for Hindu temples, Mohammedan mosques and Christian churches.</i>&quot; - <b>Jamsetji to Dorab in 1902</b>. <br><br> The idea was to build homes for the vast Tata family in the wilderness. Within a couple of years, neat rows of brick houses dotting the wide streets sprang up, next to the pump house that supplied a million gallon of water a day. <b>Jamsetji's grand design had come true</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Sakchi Discovered (1907)</b></u><br> <b>Sakchi village</b> was discovered at the confluence of the two rivers, <b>Subarnarekha and Kharkai.</b> It was accessible by rail, and <b>the closest railway station was Kalimati</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>The Birth of TISCO (1907)</b></u><br> As the project would require massive investment, the thought of <b>raising finance </b>for this came up. On <b>26<sup>th</sup> August 1907</b>, the Tata Iron and Steel Company (now Tata Steel Limited) was registered and shares issued to the Indian investors.<b> The first truly Indian enterprise, set up with Indian money, by Indian people was born.</b><br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Public Offer (1907)</b></u><br> The Company's initial capital was for Rs. 2,31,75,000 and within 21 days the entire amount was raised.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>The First Stake is Driven (1908)</u><br></b> Construction of the works began at Sakchi. The first stake was driven on February 27th 1908.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>The Plant (1908)</u><br></b> The plant was originally constructed for a capacity of <b> 160,000 tonnes of pig iron, 100,000 tonnes of ingot steel, 70,000 tonnes of rails, beams and shapes</b>, and <b>20,000 tonnes of bars, hoops and rods</b>. It consisted of <b>two 350-tonne a day blast furnaces, one 300 tonne hot metal mixer, four open hearth furnaces of 50 tonne capacity each, one steam engine driven reversing blooming mill, one reversing combination rail and structural mill with re-heating furnaces, and three rolling mills</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Tata Main Hospital (1908)</u><br></b> Among the first public welfare institutions in India, a hospital was built by Tata Steel at Sakchi. <b> The Tata Main Hospital</b>, started in <b>1908</b>, has evolved into a premier <b>740 bed industrial hospital</b>, providing super-specialized medical care. In the initial years, as a one-room shack, it catered to a population of 15,000.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>The Firsts...(1910- 11)</u><br></b> The Steel Company obtained its <b>first collieries in 1910</b> and the <b>first cast of pig iron</b> was produced on <b>December 2nd, 1911</b> from the first Blast Furnace at Sakchi.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>First Ingot (1912) </u> <br></b> In <b>February 1912</b>, the <b>first ingot of steel rolled out</b> of the Sakchi plant amidst much rejoicing. The first heat of steel tapped on 16th February of the same year. The Bar Mills commenced rolling in the month of October of 1912.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Eight-Hour Working Day Introduced (1912)<br></u></b> <b>1912</b> saw the introduction of <b>an eight-hour working day</b> for labourers and employees of the Company - long before these were enforced by law in this country.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Sydney Webb Report (1914) </u> <br></b> After the steel plant came up in Jamshedpur, Sir Dorab Tata wanted <b>labour welfare</b> to be '<i><b>one of the first cares</b>'</i> of the employers.<b> Well-known social scientists, Sydney and Beatrice Webb of UK</b> were invited in 1914 to write a memorandum on '<b><i>Medical Services in the Welfare Work at Sakchi</i></b>'.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>World War I (1914-1918) </u> <br></b> Significant contributions were made by Tata Steel during 1914-1918, meeting war time needs for steel machinery and railways during World War I.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>First School opened in Jamshedpur (1915)</u><br></b> As J.N. Tata had said about the impulse to learn, &quot;<b>What advances a nation or community is not so much to prop up its weakest and most helpless members, as to lift up the best and the most gifted so as to make them of the greatest service to the country</b>&quot;.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>The Greater Extension Scheme (1916)</u><br></b> The Greater Extension Scheme was launched in 1916 to raise capacity to <b>450,000 tonnes</b> and diversify production.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Sakchi Renamed (1919)</u><br></b> In acknowledgement of Tata Steel's contribution to the allied war efforts,<b> Lord Chelmsford visited Sakchi and renamed it Jamshedpur</b>. The Government of Bihar and Orissa later renamed <b>Kalimati Railway Station as Tatanagar.</b><br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>F.C. Temple's Scheme (1919)</u><br>F.C. Temple's Jamshedpur Town</b> Planning Scheme came up in 1919. It recommended building houses, lawns and gardens, water supply, sanitation and road systems.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Labour Welfare (1919)</u><br></b> The Works Committee was formed for handling complaints concerning services conditions and grievances in the year 1919.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Employee Benefits (1920)</u><br></b> For the first time, in the year 1920, <b>Leave with Pay, Worker's Provident Fund scheme and Workmen's Accident Compensation Scheme</b> were introduced at the management's own initiative for bettering the worker's living conditions and promote efficiency at the plant by having satisfied and contented staff. These schemes were implemented by Tata Steel long before appearing in the West.<br> <br> <i><b>Jamshedpur Labour Association</b></i> was formed and <i><b>Principle of Joint Consultation</b></i> was introduced for the first time in India on the same year.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Sir Dorab Tata &amp; Sports (1920)</u><br></b> Sir Dorab Tata steered India's entry into the world of international sport by financing athletes for the Olympic Games at Antwerp in 1920, even before India had an Olympic body. This paved the way for the Indian Hockey Team in the Amsterdam Olympics, 1928, to win their first Olympic Gold Medal.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Jamshedpur Technical Institute (1921)</u><br></b> Tata Steel opened the <b>Jamshedpur Technical Institute</b>, with 23 students on board. Many engineers and technical hands trained moved into different industries across the country and contributed by helping to build infrastructure for the country.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Duplex Process (1924)</u><br></b> Tata Steel started manufacturing steel by the <b>Duplex Process in 1924</b>. The Duplex Process, made it possible to make mild steel heat in about three hours. This brought remarkable changes in the <b>steel making process</b>, which was to India's advantage, as scrap was scarce, whereas iron could be made in plentiful quantities.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Saving Grace (1924)</u><br></b> In <b>November 1924</b>, the steel company was on the <b>verge of closing down</b>. Sir Dorab pledged his entire personal fortune of Rs. 1 crore, including his wife's jewellery, to obtain a loan of Rs. 1 crore from the Imperial Bank of India for the Company.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Setting up Mills (1925)</u><br></b> The new Rail Mill, Merchant Mill and Sheet Mill went into operations.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Mahatma's visit (1925)</u><br></b> <b>Mahatma Gandhi, Chittaranjan Das and C.F. Andrews</b> visited Jamshedpur to <b>discuss labour problems</b> with R.D. Tata. Gandhiji observed that, &quot;...in serving the Tatas you serve India...you are here for a much higher mission than merely working for an industrial enterprise.&quot;<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Maternity Schemes Introduced (1928)</u><br></b> <b>In 1928 maternity schemes were introduced</b> for the first time. The maternity benefits are given to female workers for eight weeks; leave with full basic pay and allowance, four weeks each for pre-natal and ante-natal periods.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Netaji visits Jamshedpur (1928) </u> <br></b> <b>In 1928, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose</b> visited Jamshedpur and urged <b>Tata Steel to go for 'Indianisation'</b>. The historic agreement, signed by Netaji, President of the Jamshedpur Labour Association, Sir N B Saklatvala, Chairman, and Mr. C A Alexander General Manager of Tata Steel, speaks of the saga of mutual cooperation and understanding that has been nurtured and developed at Tata Steel.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Welfare Department (1929-30) </u> <br></b>The <b>Welfare Department</b> was organized in Jamshedpur during <b>1929-30<br>&nbsp;</b></li> <li><b><u>Apprentice Shop Opened (1930)</u> <br></b> The Apprentice Shop was opened in 1930 to increase skills of the <b>steel production process</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>First Founder's day (1932) </u> <br></b> The <b>Founder's Day</b> was celebrated for the first time on <b>3rd March 1932</b>. An opportunity for all employees to pay tribute to the memory of the genius whose faith, energy and perseverance, gave birth to a truly 'swadeshi' enterprise and a city, with the most modern civic and municipal facilities.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Profit Sharing Bonus Granted (1934) <br></b></u> <b>Profit Sharing Bonus</b> was granted for the first time in India in the year 1934. From the profits of the year 1933-34, an amount was set aside towards payment of bonus to employees. The <b>Profit-Sharing Bonus Scheme</b> - another outcome of the trusteeship concept, led Tata Steel to set a new trail in the concept of <b>labour - management partnership</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tata Relief Centre (1934) <br></b></u> The Company has always set aside its resources for the improvement of quality of life in the community in which it operates. Furthermore, in times of natural calamities, the Company has rushed relief to regions even where it has no operations. The relief work after the tsunami in Tamil Nadu, and earthquake in Gujarat are examples of such interventions.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>High Tensile Steel Produced (1935) <br></b></u> Even before independence, the Tatas were set to participate in the Herculean task of nation building. The country urgently required steel for the bridges, dams, ports and cities. High Tensile Steel produce by Tata Steel played a major role in infrastructure development.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Gratuity Introduced (1937)<br></b></u> With effect from 1st April, 1937, The Tata Iron &amp; Steel Company Ltd. introduced a scheme of<b> retiring gratuity for its employees</b>. A retiring gratuity equal to half-a month's salary or wages for every completed year of continuous approved service, subject to a maximum of 12 month's salary or wages, were paid to all employees of the Company.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Research &amp; Control Laboratory (1937) <br></b></u> The Research and Control Laboratory was established on 14th September 1937. The lab played a significant role in developing steel.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>'A' Blast Furnace (1939) <br></b></u> As part of its effort to increase output at its Jamshedpur Works, The Tata Iron &amp; Steel Company placed in operation a New Blast Furnace Unit. This unit, known as <b>'A' Furnace</b>, was 'blown-in' on December 17th 1939. It had a daily rated capacity of<b> 1,000 tonnes of hot metal</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Steel for the War (1941-42) <br></b></u> Special steel for war purpose was manufactured during the years 1941-42. This is the time when a Benzol plant and the Wheel Tyre and Axle Plant-the first of its kind in the country, went into operation.<i><br><br> Mr. J.J.Ghandy in his broadcast talk from All-India Radio said, &quot;the front lines runs through factories; workmen are soldiers with different weapons but the same courage...vital for the construction not only of aircraft, battleships, tanks, guns and shells but also of rail roads, bridges, telephones and telegraph, STEEL is undoubtedly the sovereign factor in this WAR&quot;.<br>&nbsp;</i></li> <li><u><b>'Tatanagars' in WW-II (1942-43) <br></b></u> The period between 1942 and 1943, was characterized by the efforts of the Steel Company to produce a wide variety of ordnance material and special steels required for defense purposes. These included armour plates for building armoured carriers, alloy, tool and special steels, stainless steel in the bar forms and various other steels. <b>The bullet proof, riveted, armoured cars called the Tatanagars</b> were very popular and purposeful in the war effort.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Construction of Howrah Bridge (1943) <br></b></u> TISCO's achievements in the production of high-speed steel did not escape opposition. A long battle had to be fought before Tata Steel was accepted for the <b>construction of Howrah Bridge which began in 1937</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Personnel Department Established (1946) <br></b></u> In 1946, the Company established <b>a full-fledged Personnel Department</b> to prevent petty grievances from mounting into general discontentment and to elevate the morale and feeling of team spirit among the Company's employees.<i><br><br> &quot;If we have 50,000 machines, we would undoubtedly have a special staff or a department to look after them...but when employing 30,000 human beings, each with a mud of his own, we seem to have assumed that there was no need for a separate organization to deal with the human problems involved,&quot; said J.R.D Tata.<br>&nbsp;</i></li> <li><u><b>Capacity Enhancement-Phase I (1951-52) <br></b></u> Three years after Independence, <b> a Modernisation and Expansion programme</b> was launched to raise the capacity to <b>1.3 million tonnes</b>. Though the project was taken up later, but production linked incentive bonus scheme was introduced at this juncture.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Community Welfare (1951) <br></b></u> <b>The Community Development &amp; Social Welfare Department</b> was established. Its objective was to address issues arising out of urbanisation in Jamshedpur and providing meaningful engagement to those who had not got a chance to participate in the economic mainstream.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Two Million Tonne Expansion (1953-54</b>)<br></u> After World War-II, during 1953-54, an agreement worth Rs. 610 million was signed with Kaiser Engineers, Division of Henry J. Kaiser Co., U.S.A. to launch <b>a two-million tonne expansion programme</b>. In 1956, India launched its Second Five Year plan and as a part of this plan for development of the basic industries, the Tata Iron and Steel Company was permitted to expand its capacity to 2 million tonnes a year. All units of two-million tonne project commissioned.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Family Planning Initiatives (1954) <br></b></u> J.R.D Tata initiated <b>Family Planning schemes in India</b>. J.R.D realized the problem of population in the country and the need to curtail it, which is evident in the numerous measures taken by him on population control. The <b>Tata Steel Foundation for Family Initiatives</b> has been set up for population management.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Bipartite Agreement (1956) <br></b></u> 1956 saw a landmark agreement in India, when the union and the management agreed to participate in a <b>3-tier system of joint consultation</b> on major issues. It marked a paradigm shift in <b> Indian Industrial Relations from conflict to co-operation</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Golden Jubilee Celebrations (1958) <br></b></u> 1st March 1958, the then Prime Minister, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru visited Jamshedpur to participate in the <b> Golden Jubilee celebrations</b> of the Company. Tata Steel on this occasion gifted the citizens of <b>Jamshedpur, Jubilee Park, a 33-acre park</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Ferro Manganese Plant (1958) </u> <br></b> The <b>Ferro Manganese Plant</b> commenced production at <b>Joda in April</b>. A very special occasion for Joda, otherwise a remote valley. It was one of the most up-to-date ferro-manganese plants in the country geared to manufacture an essential ferro-alloy needed in the production of quality steel.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tata Robins Fraser Formed (1962) <br></b></u> In the year 1962, <b>Tata Robins Fraser</b> was formed in collaboration with Hewitt Robins Inc., USA and Frazer &amp; Chalmers Engineering Works of GEC, UK. End user industries, which TRF caters to include power, steel, port, cement, chemical/fertilizer, mines, collieries, etc.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Computers Come To Tata Steel (1967) <br></b></u> <b> IBM 1401</b> was introduced. Tata Steel happened to be one of the <b>very first institutions in India</b> to have gone for <b> total computerization as part of a Modernisation process</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Mines Development (1967-1969)<br></b></u> <b>Mine development and ore beneficiation were undertaken at Naomundi</b>. Under the Colliery Expansion Project, modern techniques were used to increase output and improve quality.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>TAYO (1968) <br></b></u> <b> Tata-Yodogawa Limited (TAYO)</b> was promoted in <b>1968</b> by Tata Steel using Japanese technology to make rolls.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tata Growth Shop (1968) <br></b></u> For Tata Steel, <b>the Growth Shop</b>, introduced in<b> 1968,</b> is not just a massive engineering workshop, but a symbol of self-reliance.<i><br><br> 'Tata Steel's growth Shop was set up with an initial investment of Rs. 2.5 crores, as a captive facility for the design and manufacture of sophisticated equipment for the metallurgical and heavy engineering industries. Be it gigantic cranes or high precision components, it can confidently handle jobs of various sizes, shapes and dimensions.'<br>&nbsp;</i></li> <li><u><b>Pioneering Coal Washeries (1972-73) <br></b></u> <i>First of its kind, coal washeries were set up at Jamadoba and West Bokaro.<br>&nbsp;</i></li> <li><u><b>Coal Mining in West Bokaro (1976) <br></b></u> Amalgamation with West Bokaro Limited for coal mining operations took place in 1976. <br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tata Steel Rural Development Society (1979) <br></b></u> In 1979, history was created with the establishment of the <b>Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS)</b> to assist in irrigation, agriculture, water management, basic health care services, income generation activities, environment and forest protection, youth and women development programmes, etc, in villages around Jamshedpur.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Modernisation, PHASE I (1980 - 1984)<br></b></u> In the first of its Modernisation phases Tata Steel introduced <b>BOF steelmaking</b> which could produce liquid steel in forty five minutes, whereas, it took the old open hearth furnaces about five hundred minutes. <b>Two 130 tonnes LD converters</b> were set up. for the first time in an Integrated Steel Plant in India and a forging machine of 18,000 tonnes capacity was also installed. These plans were implemented in a record time of 29 months.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Merger for Better (1983) <br></b></u> In January 1983, Tata Steel entered into a conversion arrangement with <b>Indian Tube Company</b> for conversion of strips into welded tubes. Government of India's formal approval of the merger of Indian Tube Company with Tata Steel was received in May 1985.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Modernisation PHASE II (1985-1989)<br></b></u> The Company concentrated largely on <b>the iron-making area</b> in this phase. A Bedding and Blending plant for generating the right feed for the Sinter Plant came up along with a new sinter plant of 1.37 mtpa capacity. A new raw material circuit called the <b>Dried Circuit Material</b> was developed. A first of its kind <b>single strand high speed Bar and Rod mill</b> was setup. The R &amp; D efforts helped develop the use of a blue dust to improve the productivity of blast furnaces.<b> Environment friendly stamp-charging technology</b> was introduced and <b> a cost effective coal injection technology</b> implemented.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tata Ryerson (1987)<br></b></u> Tata Ryerson is a <b> 50:50 joint venture company</b> promoted by <b>Tata Steel and Ryerson Tull</b>, USA. It commenced operations in 1997 at Bara (Jamshedpur). The company is in the business of <b>steel processing and distribution</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Nurturing Soccer (1988)<br></b></u> The <b>Tata Football Academy (TFA)</b> was inaugurated in <b>Jamshedpur in 1987</b>. The basic objective of the Academy is to s<b>elect, nurture and train budding footballers in a scientific way</b> with the sole purpose of <b>improving the standard of Indian soccer</b>. The strategy is simple - &quot;<b>create superstars from small wonders</b>&quot;. <br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Pension for the Retired (1989)<br></b></u><b> Pension scheme</b> was started for the first time in India in the year 1989. Under this scheme the employees' nominee would be the beneficiary of monthly / quarterly / annual pension for lifetime in case of death of the employee, medical benefits to the family members and other privileges.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Modernisation, PHASE III (1990-1994)<br></b></u> Tata Steel began setting up an internationally competitive flat products complex. Apart from a one million tonne hot strip mill, <b> a new one million tonne G blast furnace</b> was also installed. The one-million-tonne-per annum Hot Strip Mill, commissioned on March 2, 1992. The first slab caster came into operation during 1993-94.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>JRD Sports Complex (1991)<br></b></u> On March 2, 1991 a sprawling <b>30 acre, multi-crore sports complex</b>, named after Mr. JRD Tata was gifted to the people of Jamshedpur.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Lifeline Express (1991)<br></b></u> <b> Lifeline Express, the world's first hospital-on-wheels</b>, promoted by Impact India for basic medical facilities in remote rural areas of the country, has been sponsored by Tata Steel twelve times till now.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Turnaround (1993)<br> </b></u>In 1993 Tata Steel took over a <b>'sick' Bearings Unit at Kharagpur.</b> It was only due to the Tata Steel culture, which propagates positive environment, commitment, and credibility that resulted in the phenomenal results in production.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tribal Culture Centre, Jamshedpur (1993)<br></b></u> Set up by Tata Steel with a view to <b>preserve and promote the indigenous culture &amp; rich heritage</b>, this Centre showcases the tribal legacy and evokes a lot of interest amidst scholars. TCC not only documents relevant research but also enables the continuation of the tradition by sharing it with the youth and non-tribals.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Modernisation, Phase IV (1995-1999)<br></b></u> The modernisation was to bring about productivity enhancement and resulted in expansion of the <b>Hot Strip Mill from one million tonnes per annum to a two million capacity</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Award for Best-Integrated Steel Plant (1994-95)<br></b></u> Tata Steel receives <b>Prime Minister's Trophy for the Best Integrated Steel Plant for the year 1994-95</b>. This award was subsequently conferred again in <b>1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02, five years in all</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tata Archery Academy (1996)<br></b></u> The Academy's aim was to help tribal people in the region maximise a skill they already possessed and thereby find their place in the mainstream. It has helped people from this underdeveloped region become international level performers.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Green Millennium (1997)<br></b></u> In order to celebrate the dawn of a new millennium, Tata Steel launched the <b>'Green Millennium'</b> under which 1<b>.5 million trees were planted</b> by the company across all its locations.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>SAP Introduced (1999)<br></b></u> <b>SAP</b> was introduced within the Company in the year 1999. Tata Steel was declared <b>one of the first companies in the country</b> to have implemented this technology in managing its own processes.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>ISO 14001 for Steel Works (2000)<br></b></u> The Jamshedpur steel works was the first steel manufacturing unit in India to be <b>ISO-140001 certified for Environment Management Systems</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Modernization, Phase V (2000)<br></b></u> The <b>state-of-the-art Cold Rolling Mill</b> was inaugurated with an output of 800,000 tonnes of cold rolled and annealed products and about 400,000 tonnes of cold rolled coated products. SAP &amp; Ban systems were introduced to break prevalent mindsets through Knowledge Management.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>More Employee Benefits (2001)<br></b></u> The <b>Family benefit scheme</b> was introduced in Tata Steel. Under this scheme the employee's family was <b>guaranteed a monthly pension, medical benefits and life coverage</b> on the death or permanent disablement of the employee due to accident on duty.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>World's Best Steel Makers (2001)<br></b></u> Tata Steel recognized as <b>India's only 'world-class steel makers'</b> by the <b> World Steel Dynamics Inc. USA</b>, an independent watch body. Tata Steel was ranked as the <b> Best Steel Making Company by World Steel Dynamics in 2004, 2005 and 2006</b> based on a study of twenty-two world-class steel makers.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tejaswini (2002)<br></b></u> In 2002, Tata Steel launched <b>'Tejaswini'</b>- a woman empowerment programme that would help re-skill and retrain women employed as tea ladies, office clerks and messengers to operate cranes, pay loaders, dumpers and locomotives.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>ISO-14001 city for town services (2003)<br></b></u> Jamshedpur added yet another feather in its cap on January 1st 2003 when it became the first city in the country to be coveted with the <b>Environment Management System Certificate for its municipal facilities</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>ASPIRE (2003)<br></b></u> On May 2, 2003, the first anniversary of the launch of Vision 2007, Tata Steel launched <b>ASPIRE- <i>humari aakansha</i></b>, a programme designed to take it closer to its Vision of being EVA positive Company.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>UN Global Compact (2004)<br></b></u> <b>Jamshedpur</b> was selected by the <b>United Nations Global Compact</b> as one among select six cities in the world for its pilot project. This project's objective is to develop innovative solutions to address some intractable social, economic and environmental issues in the urban context through working partnerships between the government, business and civil society.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Acquisition of ISWP (2004)<br></b></u> Tata Steel acquired <b>Indian Steel Wire Products, Jamshedpur</b>. It comprised wire drawing mills, wire rod mills and a fastener division and a steel roll manufacturing unit named <b>Jamshedpur Engineering and Machining Company - JEMCO</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>75 years of Industrial Harmony (2004)<br></b></u> His Excellency <b>Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam</b>, the then President of India visited Tata Steel to commemorate <b>75 years of Industrial Harmony</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>MoU for Steel Plant at Kalinganagar (2004)<br></b></u> Agreement signed to invest in a 6 million tonne project in Orissa, India.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>JUSCO (2004)<br></b></u> <b> Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company Limited</b>, a Tata Steel subsidiary, was incorporated in August 2003 and launched its services on April 1, 2004. With it, the entire focus of providing <b>civic amenities and allied services</b> was taken up by JUSCO in place of Tata Steel's erstwhile Town Division.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Tata Athletic Academy (2004)<br></b></u> <b>Tata Athletic Academy</b> is a venture to tap potential in sportsmen and optimally hone and nurture their talent. The Academy aims to churn out international level athletics.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>NatSteel Deal (2004)<br></b></u> In a significant move to globalize its steel business, the Company acquired the steel business of <b>NatSteel Limited, Singapore</b>, for an enterprise value of Singapore $ 486.4 million.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>SA 8000 Certification (2005)<br></b></u> Tata Steel's Works in Jamshedpur is conferred with the <b>prestigious Social Accountability (SA) 8000 Certification by the Social Accountability International (SAI), USA.</b> With this certification Tata Steel became the only steel company in the world to receive this certificate.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Chhattisgarh MoU (2005)<br></b></u> Tata Steel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for setting up a 5 million tonnes per annum greenfield integrated steel plant in the Bastar region of Chattisgarh.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>Jharkhand MoU (2005)</u><br></b> The Government of Jharkhand and Tata Steel Limited signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to setup new greenfield steel plants of 12 million tonne capacity and enhance the capacity of Jamshedpur Works as well as develop the State's skilled technical manpower.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><b><u>A New Name (2005)</u><br></b> On <b>May 19, 2005</b> the board of Directors of Tata Iron &amp; Steel Company Limited passed a resolution that henceforth the company would be called <b>Tata Steel Limited</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Agreement with BlueScope Steel (2005)<br></b></u> Tata Steel has entered into a joint venture by signing the Share Subscription Agreement and Joint Venture Agreement with <b>BlueScope Steel Limited, Australia in November 2005</b>, for setting up a <b>metallic coating and painting unit</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Greenfield Project at Bangladesh (2004)<br></b></u> Tata Steel has proposed to set up a <b>2.4 MT Greenfield steel project in Bangladesh</b> and develop a 6 MT coal mine.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Joining Hands with Millennium Steel (2005)<br></b></u>Tata Steel has invested Rs. 780 crores to acquire 67.11% of equity stake, in <b>Millennium Steel, Thailand</b>. Millennium Steel Public Company Limited is the largest steel company in Thailand. It has been <b>renamed as Tata Steel Thailand</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Steeljunction - A Retail Venture (2005)<br></b></u> <b>Steeljunction is India's first organised steel retail store.</b> It was launched with an aim to create new paradigms in steel retailing for the <b>'B2C' consumers</b>. Steeljunction is a mid-size, speciality store, retailing a range of steel oriented products- all under one roof.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Australian Venture (2005)<br></b></u> Tata Steel invested in the <b>Carborough Downs Coal Project in Queensland Australia.</b> The clean coal envisaged to be produced here will be low-ash coking coal and PCI coal, highly suitable for steel making. <br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Ground Breaking Ceremony (2006)<br></b></u> <b>Ground Breaking Ceremony</b> of the <b>Hooghly Met Coke &amp; Power Company Limited at Haldia</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>At South Africa (2006)<br></b></u> The construction of the Rs. 670 million Ferro Chrome Plant began through a <b>ground breaking Ceremony in the Richards Bay industrial development zone, at South Africa (IDZ) in 2006.</b> This would boost the South African economy and add significantly to the Indian economy as well.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Milestone in Crude Steel (2006-2007)<br></b></u> The Jamshedpur works crossed the 5 million tonnes mark in crude steel production - the only plant in India to have achieved this milestone.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Corus-Building Synergy (2007)<br></b></u> <b>On 2<sup>nd</sup> April '07, Tata Steel acquired Corus</b> Europe's second largest steel producer at US$ 12 Billion. This made <b> Tata Steel the sixth largest steel producer globally</b> and <b>the second-most geographically diversified steel producer in the world</b>.<br>&nbsp;</li> <li><u><b>Venturing in Vietnam (2007)<br></b></u> Tata Steel, through its wholly owned subsidiary <b>NatSteel Asia Pvt. Ltd. (NSA)</b> entered into an agreement to acquire controlling equity stake in two rolling mills located in Haiphorg, Vietnam.<br><br> A MoU &amp; MoC for investment in a 4.5 million tonnes per annum plant in Vietnam was signed in the same year. This event was followed by the Socialist republic of Vietnam, Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to Jamshedpur.</li> </ol> </font>
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