Steel­ing the Show

India Today - - STATES - —M.G. Arun

NA­TION BUILDER

Ever since its in­cep­tion, Tata Steel has con­trib­uted to na­tion-build­ing by con­stantly in­tro­duc­ing in­no­va­tive, durable and af­ford­able steel prod­ucts, ser­vices and so­lu­tions in the do­mes­tic mar­ket. Tata’s steel has been used in the con­struc­tion of the Delhi, Chen­nai and Kolkata air­ports and for metro rail projects in sev­eral cities. It has also sup­plied the high ten­sion wires used in the Ban­dra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.

THEN AND NOW

Jamshedji Nusser­wanji Tata’s de­sire to set up a steel plant was firmed up af­ter he heard a lec­ture by Scot­tish philoso­pher and teacher Thomas Car­lyle while on a visit to Manch­ester. In his lec­ture, Car­lyle said: “The na­tion which gains con­trol of iron soon ac­quires con­trol of gold.” That greatly in­flu­enced Jamshedji. All along, the com­pany has fo­cused not only on qual­ity but also on im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple liv­ing around its ar­eas of op­er­a­tions. In a free en­ter­prise, the com­mu­nity is not just an­other stake­holder in busi­ness but is, in fact, the very pur­pose of its ex­is­tence, be­lieved Jamshedji. The tar­get has also been to in­crease the per capita con­sump­tion of steel in the coun­try to lev­els on a par with most de­vel­oped coun­tries. Says Tata Steel man­ag­ing di­rec­tor T.V. Naren­dran: “Over the next decade, we want to be­come one of the lead­ing steel com­pa­nies in the world in tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion as well as in use of digital tech­nolo­gies.”

SOM­NATH SEN

HANDS ON Ratan Tata with staff in Jamshed­pur

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