The Prelude to a Discovery
The Company was incorporated in Kolkata on 20th January 1920. American firm, Perin & Marshall were appointed Consulting Engineers for the Company. Contracts were entered into in America and England for the supply of structural steel for the Mill building and part of the machinery. A suitable site was chosen at Golmuri near The Tata Iron and Steel Works, Jamshedpur.
The foundation of the work site at Golmuri was laid. Temporary office Stores and other necessary buildings were put up and a temporary broad gauge construction track was partly laid.
The building foundation was completed. Steel for the building structure arrived by November following which construction began. Foundations for other important machinery were also completed.
The year marked the start of operations at the Hot Dip Plant. The first of six Hot Mills at Jamshedpur successfully went into operation on December 18.
The first finished tinplates rolled out, and the Company’s product made an appearance in the market in the form of kerosene tins on April 28.
Provision for the erection of 100 additional Indian quarters was sanctioned for employees.
A White Annealing Furnace was set up, which proved to be of great value.
Production touched 82,778 tonnes for a plant planned for 28,000 tonnes, a remarkable achievement.
1970 - 1980
This period is marked by the intense hardships faced by the Company. Power, coal and other raw material shortages, labour unrest and a recession in the tinplate market saw production plummet to an all-time low of 40,237 tonnes.
TCIL began the journey back from the brink. It switched to electrolytic tinning and chromium-coated steel sheets. Its dual ETP & TFS line was set up in January 4, 1979 with imported raw material (Tin Mill Black Plate – TMBP Coils) until 1992.
1992 - 1994
The Cold Rolling mill Complex (CRM-1) was setup as a part of backward integration to produce TMBP coils as a raw material for tinning line which replaced the uncertainty associated with imported coils in terms of price and availability.
2005 - 2006
As a part of forward integration & a value added service, the Printing & Coating lines were setup with the state of art facility.
2006 - 2008
To meet market requirement and doubling up of capacity the 2nd Tinning Line (ETL-2) was set up.
2009 - 2012
Set up of CRM-2 facility to cater requirement of TMBP coils as raw material for ETL-2.
2013 - 2017
Focus was on consolidating the production towards the enhanced capacity utilization and improving health of our existing Mills.