brief history

Brief History


Tata International is the torchbearer of the Tata group in Africa. We started operations on the continent in 1969. In 1977, this strategy was formalised with the formation of Tata Zambia, the first Tata group entity in Africa. This Tata International subsidiary focused on importing Tata Motors heavy vehicles from India and introducing them in the African market.

Tata Africa Holdings was established as a subsidiary of Tata International in 1994 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and serves as headquarters for Tata operations in Africa. It supports various group businesses with a strong presence in over 11 African countries and investments exceeding USD 145 million. Tata Africa Holdings is responsible for identifying development opportunities and promoting new projects for the Tata group in Africa.

Tata Africa Holdings and its subsidiaries, with different specialisations, complement operations in major business sectors such as automobile and allied products, and non-automobile products such as chemicals and healthcare requirements in Africa. The company has offices in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and employs over 1,500 people.

Tata Africa Holdings shares the core Tata values of business ethics and commitment to corporate social responsibility. Over a period of three decades it has entered into joint ventures and partnerships with several African companies to help develop local resources and talent.