Historial Journey

The “TATA” group, is the most respected and the largest industrial house of India and are well known for their concern for environment, conservation of natural resources and services to the society besides their vision and fair business practices. In 1920s, when the concept of industrial water pollution was not much known to most people even in the western world, TATA STEEL thought it prudent not to discharge the acidic waste pickle liquor generated in their Sheet Mills into the river but to treat it in an environment friendly manner. The awareness towards ecological balance coupled with availability of waste iron salt solution resulted in the birth of the “first synthetic iron oxide pigment plant” in India, in the immediate vicinity of Tata Steel at Jamshedpur. The initial process involved recovery of ferrous sulphate crystals from waste pickle liquor and its subsequent calcination. From this humble beginning made in 1927, towards the objective of protecting the natural water resource and creating wealth from the waste, a chemical factory was born under private premises and christened “Tatanagar Chemicals Limited” for producing Synthetic Oxides of Iron which was not produced till then in the country. It has now grown into one of the largest plants producing Synthetic Iron Oxide Pigments in India.    
In 1937, The Tata Iron & Steel Company Limited (TISCO) took over the factory and it was given a new name, “Chemico”. Later in 1958, the manufacture of Sodium and Potassium Ferro-cyanide began in the factory by utilizing Cyanide Sludge from the coke oven gas washing plant of TISCO. This additional venture was undertaken in collaboration with Beco Chemicals, a West German firm, and another name change took place for the sake of relevance, “Chemico” became “Cyanides & Pigments Ltd” in 1959. But the production of cyanide compounds had to be suspended and finally abandoned for technical reasons. In 1962, The Indian Tube Company (ITC) acquired the interest of Beco Chemicals and thereafter the then TISCO& ITC became equal partners.   

In 1980s, Indian Tube Co. Ltd. merged with TISCO, and “Cyanides & Pigments Ltd” acquired the status of a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel. In 1985, once again its name was changed from Cyanides & Pigments Limited to “The Tata Pigments Limited” (TPL).
Today Tata Pigments Limited has a coveted place in the pigment industry in India. It is one of the largest producers of superior quality synthetic iron oxide pigments and is the sole manufacture of these pigments having the certification from “Bureau of Indian Standards”. It is a preferred supplier among the manufacturers of Paints, Building materials, Plastic, Rubber goods, Paper, Inks, etc and almost all the leading manufacturers of the above referred products in the country are our regular customers.
The company implemented a significant project for modernization and expansion of capacity in 2012 / 13 during which, it adopted the Direct Red Precipitation-cum-Hydrolysis Process for manufacture of Synthetic Red Iron Oxide Pigments, upgradation of seed making technology for yellow iron oxide pigment and modernization of seed making, filtration, drying & blending operations. TPL has now become the most modern plant in the country. This technology was obtained from the USA to take care of water, air and noise pollution. Environment un-friendly calcination operation has totally been stopped. TPL is the only manufacturer of Synthetic Red Iron Oxide in India who does not resort to calcination process. 


Since mid 1990s, Tata Pigments as a logical forward integration of the synthetic iron oxide pigments businesses moved downstream with its foray into Cement paints under the brand name “Cemplus” and “Ecocem”. This product enjoys a significant market share in the niche markets in Eastern India. It subsequently launched other decorative products over the next 15 years and currently has the following products and brands in our portfolio. The company is rapidly growing this business aided by some of the best quality products in the country and with the trust of the Tata Brand name. ;

TPL offers complete industrial painting solutions to industries & large projects through its IDCS division. It is one of the largest Corrosion Mapping & Painting Solution companies in Eastern India. ;

TPL has made a foray into steel plant by-product management & offering technical solutions and services to Tata Steel.