Tata Steel's Acquisition of Corus (B)

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Case Code : BSTR355
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1997-2009
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Tata Steel Limited / Corus Plc.
Industry : Steel
Countries : UK, The Netherlands, India

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The Acquisition

On January 31, 2007, Tata Steel acquired Corus for US$ 13.70 billion . The merged entity, TSG, employed 84,000 people across 45 countries in the world. It had the capacity to produce 27 million tonnes of steel per annum, which made the merged entity the fifth largest steel producer in the world as of early 2007...

The Global Steel Industry

The global steel industry had witnessed an unprecedented boom between the year 2002 and mid-2008.

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Several major steel companies across the world went on expanding capacities encouraged by the increasing demand led by the significant growth in the world economy and the rising price of the commodity (Refer to Exhibit II for Top Ten Steel producing companies in the World)...

Realizing Synergies after the Acquisition

Tata Steel planned to implement the integration process of Corus at two levels - strategic and functional. It had constituted teams for this purpose in April 2007. These two teams worked in areas like manufacturing, procurement, research and development (R&D), IT, finance, and capital projects to achieve the targeted synergies...

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