You've probably heard about the competition between China and India. The Indian Army has effectively confronted the Chinese People's Liberation Army on several occasions, demonstrating to the Chinese their standing in the world. However, the conflict is increasingly extending beyond borders and soldiers. It is infiltrating both nations' corporate headquarters, and one Indian industrial powerhouse, Tata Group, is dealing major body blows to the Chinese.
The Tata Group has dealt the Chinese three major blows in recent years:
- Tata has replaced China’s Vivo as the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – a cash-rich cricket league in India.
- Tata is entering the Electric Vehicle (EV) business and is about to imperil many Chinese EV businesses.
- And the most important one- Tata is getting involved with the island nation of Taiwan in the semiconductor business and is giving heartburn to Beijing.
What makes Tata such a significant company in India?
The Tata Group is without a doubt India's most recognizable business brand. To give you an idea, it employs more people than Toyota, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google combined. And these are the major corporations I'm referring to.
Tata has a presence in over 100 countries, and Indians adore it. They have every right to do so. Tata has been a part of India's illustrious development. With over 500,000 people, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is India's largest private employer, and this is only one of the numerous corporate branches of the Tata Empire that I'm referring to. TCS has been named a worldwide top employer six times in a row through 2021.
With 29 publicly-listed Tata firms and a combined market capitalization of $242 billion, the Tata Group has developed into one of the largest corporate giants in the world.
The Tata Group is going to war with China.
Many internet statements, social media posts, and movies praising Ratan Tata, the former chairman of Tata Sons, can be found in India. Being a more than 100-year-old brand, Tata evokes strong emotions among Indians.
And now, by taking on the Chinese, the Tata Group is just enhancing its reputation. According to recent speculations, the Tata Group will take over as the Indian Premier League's (IPL) title sponsor this year, replacing Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo.
There was already a rising desire for the Chinese corporation to be replaced as the cash-rich cricket league's sponsor, notwithstanding the growing antagonism between India and China.
But the point is that Indians objected to a Chinese brand participating in the IPL. Tata Group's issues have now been settled.
Tata's stay in Taiwan
Tata has kept up with the times and is now planning a $300 million investment in an outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) facility. An OSAT facility buys silicon wafers from semiconductor foundries, packages, assembles, and tests them before turning them into completed chips.
And where do you go for semiconductor chips? Taiwan, to be precise. According to reports, the Tata Group is in talks with a number of overseas companies, including those from Taiwan, about its semiconductor chip business aspirations. This is in addition to India's efforts to entice Taiwanese chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) to manufacture chips in the country.
In the middle of the continuing global chip warfare, Tata seeks a prospective partnership and makes an amazing debut into the semiconductor chip market. In doing so, the industrial behemoth is openly collaborating with Taiwanese semiconductor titans, demonstrating a lack of concern for China.
Tata Motors is on its way to become the EV king.
Tata Motors is a well-known brand in India and the unchallenged leader in the heavy vehicle industry. It is also making a comeback in the passenger vehicle category, having just surpassed Toyota as the country's second-largest automaker.
The Tata EVs, on the other hand, appear to be the most exciting. Tata Motors is selling electric vehicles at a rapid pace in India. It sold 1,751 electric vehicles in November 2021, four times higher than in November 2020.
One thing is certain: Tata will be at the forefront of India's electric vehicle revolution. This is terrible news for Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers like BYD, who had hoped to debut EV passenger vehicles in India and capture a large piece of the country's growing EV industry.
As a result, the continuous conflict between India and China is no longer defined by two military, diplomatic bureaucracies, or governments at odds. China has received a serious jolt from the business sector, which has teamed up with an Indian behemoth.