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Tata Steel Celebrates hundred-year saga of iron-making Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011
Jamshedpur: Tata Steel has completed 100 years of blast furnace operations. It was on December 2, 1911, that the plant at Jamshedpur became active when the blast furnace was blown for the first time. Steel production commenced a few weeks later on February 16, 1912.

The Jamshedpur works — whose present capacity stands at 6.8 million tonnes per annum — is set to become a 10-million-tonne steel plant a few months from now.

In the early years, the plant essentially consisted of a battery of 180 non-recovery coke ovens and 30 by-product ovens with a sulphuric acid plant and two blast furnaces, each of 350 tonnes per day capacity, and a 300-tonne hot metal mixer, four open hearth furnaces of 50-tonne capacity each, one steam engine driven 40-inch reversing blooming mill, one 28-inch reversing combination rail and structural mill with reheating furnaces and one 16-inch and two 10-inch rolling mills. In the early days, an average of 6,300 people were engaged daily at the works by the company and its contractors.

For a plant with an initial capacity to produce 160,000 tonnes of pig iron, 100,000 tonnes of ingot steel, 70,000 tonnes of rails, beams and shapes and 20,000 tonnes of bars, hoops and rods, the Jamshedpur works of Tata Steel has come a long way, and is well on track to becoming a 10-million-tonne steel plant in a few months from now.

The philosophy of the Founder that "in a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business, but is, in fact, the very purpose of its existence"continues to be the beacon that guides the company in all its activities.

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