Tata Engineering, the flagship company of the Tata group of companies, declared a turnover of US $1.8 billion in 2001-02. The product range of the company includes passenger cars, multi-utility vehicles, light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles for goods and passenger transport.
Nearly 70 per cent of commercial vehicles on Indian roads come from the Tata fold. The Indica, the first truly Indian passenger car, is now among the highest-selling medium-sized cars in India. The company exports about a tenth of its output to markets in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Also known as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (Telco), the company was established in 1945 with the immediate objective of producing steam locomotives. In 1954, the company entered into a technical and financial collaboration with Daimler-Benz for the manufacture of commercial vehicles.
By the end of the technical collaboration in 1969, Telco had not only become an independent producer of medium commercial vehicles with a negligible import content, but had also developed the capacity of fully designing and manufacturing such vehicles.
Along with the production of steam locomotives, Telco also embarked on the manufacture of other general engineering equipment before it identified and settled on its mainline of business as it stands today - automobile and construction equipment machinery.
Tata Engineering is the only automobile company in India that has a crash test facility where new products are thoroughly tested. The company has entered into a joint venture with Cummins, forming Tata Cummins, to manufacture environment-friendly green engines.
The company has service set-ups at every 100 kms on national highways, 450 service centres across India, 24-hour anytime-mobile centres in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, and full-fledged customer training cells in all service centres to enable customers to make the best use of their vehicles. The company exports its vehicles to a number of countries in Europe such as Italy, Spain and the UK.
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Chairman: Ratan Tata