Milestones

Our story began back in 1962. It has been an long and eventful journey for Tata International, which is today a global trading and distribution company.

A look at some of the significant milestones along our journey:

1962

The company is established on November 30, 1962 as Commercial and Industrial Exports Limited.

1968

The company is renamed Tata Exports Limited.

1969

The company commences export operations of Tata commercial vehicles.

1975

The Leather Division is set up, which goes on to emerge as one of the largest Indian export houses of leather and leather products in 1982.

1977

Tata Zambia Limited is incorporated as a subsidiary of the company.

1980

The company becomes a qualified Trading House recognised by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.

Two turnkey contracts are facilitated by the company with the support of ACC in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

1983

The company opens its branch office in London, UK.

1990

The company grows its presence in Thailand, with the opening of a local office.

1991

Tata Namibia (Pty) Limited is set up as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

A representative office in Jebel Ali, Dubai begins operations in the UAE.

A representative office is set up in Kenya.

1992

Tata South East Asia Limited is set up in Hong Kong and operations commence.

1993

Tata West Asia FZE, Dubai is formed in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone.

Tate Holdings Mocambique Limitada is set up.

New markets are developed for Tata vehicles in Argentina, Chile, France, Paraguay, Turkey, Spain and Hungary.

1994

In April 1994, a new division is set up for the export of steel and engineering products of Tata Steel and associate companies.

A liaison office is opened in Ethiopia.

Tata Africa holdings (SA) (PTY) Limited in formed in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1995

A representative office is established in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A marketing tie-up is established with DAKS Simpsons plc UK, for the textile garments division with the long-term goal of the upgrading of manufacturing facilities and entry into the supply chain of DAKS worldwide. The company subsequently exited the textile garments business and DAKS was handed over to the Forbes group.

1998

Tata Ghana Limited is incorporated as a subsidiary of the company.

Tata Automobile Corporation (SA) (Pty) Limited (TACSA) is set up as a 50:50 joint venture with ERF (SA) (Pty) Limited, a Dorbyl Group company.

Thereafter, Tata Africa Holdings acquires 50-per cent equity in ERF.

The company is renamed Tata International Limited.

1999

Tata International is awarded Golden Super Star Trading House status by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Government of India.

2001

The company’s Transmission Line Towers business is handed over to Tata Power / Tata Projects.

Tata International sets up a liaison office in Sri Lanka.

Tata International sets up a representative office in Singapore.

2003

Tata International sets up DIESL (Drive India), a joint venture company with Tata Industries.

2004

The company sets up a branch office in Uruguay.

Tata International sets up a joint venture with Dutch Lanka for the manufacture of trailers.

2007

Tata Africa (Senegal) S.A.R.L. is formed as a subsidiary of Tata International.

2010

Tata International forays into domestic footwear retail under the TASHI brand.

The company completes its acquisition of Bachi Shoes Limited, Chennai, India.

Tata International awarded SA 8000 accreditation.

2011

Tata International Trading (Brasil) Limitada is incorporated in Sao Paolo, Brazil as a subsidiary.

Tata International Trading Singapore Pte Limited, a subsidiary of Tata International, is set up.

2012

Tata International celebrates its 50th anniversary of incorporation on November 30, 2012.

Tata International renews its focus on trading with emphasis on select verticals – metals, distribution, leather and leather products and minerals.

2013

Tata International forays into agri trading business in select geographies.

2014

Tata Group pays tribute to founder Jamsetji Tata, a visionary leader who worked tirelessly to shape the future of India, on his 175th birth anniversary on March 3, 2014.