Tata Steel in Europe was formerly known as Corus and rebranded as Tata Steel in 2010.

Tata Steel (in India) was established in 1907 and the first ingot of steel was made at Jamshedpur in India in 1912. 

In 1999, Corus was formed through merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens.

Corus was acquired by Tata Group in April 2007 and joined the Tata Steel family in a transaction that created one of the world’s largest steelmakers, with a major presence in Europe as well as Asia.

Visit our global operations website to read more about the long and successful history of Tata Steel.  

For more background on the merger that created Corus and the history of the former companies British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens please see the documents below. 


The merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens was announced on June 7th 1999. The Merger Manifesto that was issued on that day gives information about the background to the merger.



The history of British Steel from 1967 when the British Steel Corporation was formed by bringing 90% of British Steelmaking into public ownership, through privatisation in 1987, until the formation of Corus in 1999.

The history of Koninklijke Hoogovens from the founding of the company in 1918 to the merger with Corus in 1999.

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