HISTORY OF TATA STEEL
From Blast Furnaces 1 to Corus
22 January 1924: Blast Furnace 1 is fired.
As of 1924, G.A. Kessler headed the company's development. Under his passionate leadership, Hoogovens gained a firm foothold in the global market. His social awareness left its mark on the mutual relations within the company.
The management decided to build Blast Furnace 1 to an American design, with a larger diameter and higher production capacity.
Two years later, Blast Furnace 2 was also commissioned. For a long time, the pig iron, which was stored on site in various grades, remained the main product of the IJmuiden company.
1 January 1929: Establishment of the Employees' Pension Fund.
The management's aim for a close-knit working community resulted in a social policy at Hoogovens at an early stage. Part of this was a Pension Fund, for which the opening deed was signed on 1 April 1938.
15 January 1938: The first Hoogovens Chess Tournament.
In 1938, Hoogovens organised the first chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee. After the war, this regional tournament grew into an international event for chess enthusiasts and grandmasters alike. The Tata Steel chess tournament brings the world's best to Wijk aan Zee.
15 July 1939: The start of factory education.
Since the start with five students in 1939, many have now obtained their MBO diploma in the company's own training centre. Hoogovens considered it important to train its own personnel. The years of study also count as years of service. As a result, many employees have managed to reach their 40th or even 50th anniversary with the company.
1 September 1966: Hoogovens gets its own collective labour agreement for the first time.
6 October 1999: Koninklijke Hoogovens NV and British Steel merge and continue under the name Corus.
The merger of Hoogovens with British Steel in 1999 accelerated the transition from stakeholder to shareholder value. The primacy of the shareholder and the strong hierarchy within Corus represented a fundamental break with the past for the Hoogovens employees.