Research and Development
The Research and Development Division of Tata Steel transformed significantly over the years. It is known today as 'Research, Development and Technology (RD&T)' and operates five research centres in India, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The Research & Development and Scientific Services division of Tata Steel Limited at Jamshedpur, set up in 1937 as the 'Research and Control Laboratory', was one of its kinds in India. Its three departments – Research and Development, Scientific Services and Refractory Technology Group – support the Tata Steel Group, particularly its operations in India and South East Asia, by developing new products and processes to create competitive advantage, better environmental performance and enhanced sustainability.
In 2008-09, R&D became part of the Global Research Development & Technology function of the Tata Steel Group.
IJmuiden Technology Centre (the Netherlands): Located in IJmuiden, this centre focuses predominantly on process and product research for strip products and its application in the automotive and packaging sectors. In addition, the Ceramics Research Centre contributes to the availability of high temperature installations by developing “value in use” refractory solutions.
Swinden Technology Centre (United Kingdom): This R&D Centre of Tata Steel in Rotherham focuses primarily on product research and applications research for the transport, building and construction sectors. Process research is undertaken for the mills operations, concentrating largely on environmental research.
Teesside Technology Centre (United Kingdom): The Teesside Technology Centre (TTC) is located at Grangetown, Cleveland and operates as a satellite focusing on process and long product research. This Centre has a significant capability – that of the 8 tonnes heavy pilot plant facility with an arc melting furnace and steel casting capability.
Automotive Engineering Group (United Kingdom): The Automotive Engineering Group (AEG) was initially built as a technical bridge between Tata Steel and its automotive sector customers. Its key focus is on cost-effective light weighting, to keep steel positioned as the automotive material of choice in the transition to a low carbon economy. It services the automotive, construction, materials handling and defence market sectors.
Jamshedpur R&D Centre (India): The Jamshedpur R&D Centre in India was established in 1937 and is one of the oldest industrial R&D centres in the country. Since its inception, this centre has played a pivotal role in the development of steel products and process routes that have given the Company a competitive advantage in local and global markets. The innovative processes and superior quality of output is reflected in 42 filed and 36 granted patents during the past year along with publication of 56 papers in top international peer-reviewed journals.