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Titan Company Ltd.
Traded as
FounderXerxes Desai [1]
Area served
Key people
  • Vikram Kapur (Chairman)
  • Bhaskar Bhat (MD)
  • C K Venkataraman, CEO (Jewellery)[3]
  • S Ravi Kant, CEO (Watches & Accessories)[4]
  • Ronnie Talati, CEO (Eyewear)[5]
  • Sandeep Kulhalli, Senior VP (Retail & Marketing, Tanishq)[6]
ProductsWatches, Jewellery, precision engineering, Bags, Perfumes, belts, wallets and Eyewear
Revenue156.56 billion (US$2.2 billion) (2018)[7]
11.63 billion (US$160 million) (2018)[7]
Number of employees
6,856 (March 2018) [8]
ParentTata Group

Titan Company Limited (earlier known as Titan Industries Limited) is an Indian luxury goods company. It is a joint venture between the Tata Group and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO).

It commenced operations in 1984 under the name Titan Watches Limited. In 1994, Titan diversified into jewellery with Tanishq and subsequently into eyewear with Titan Eyeplus. In 2013, Titan entered the fragrances segment with the brand Skinn[9] and, later that year, it ventured into the helmets category under its brand Fastrack.[10] Also, Titan announced recently (during the last quarter of 2016) about launching a series of affordable Smartwatches under its brands like Sonata and Fastrack soon.[11]

Today, Titan Company is Tata Group's largest consumer company.[12]



Titan Company Limited was inaugurated on 26th July, 1984 under the name Titan Watches Limited in Chennai.[13] A plant was set up to manufacture quartz analog electronic watches in the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu, Ltd. Industrial area at Hosur. In November 1986, Titan Company and Casio signed a MoU proposing to manufacture 2 million digital and analog-digital watches.[14] In 1989, a satellite case plant was set up in Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh with a manufacturing capacity of 500,000 watch cases annually.[13]


In September 1993, the company changed its name to Titan Industries Ltd. as it ventured into other range of products other than watches.[15][16]

In 1994, Titan launched its jewellery brand Tanishq.[17]

In 1998, the company launched its watch & accessories brand, Fastrack, targeted at a younger audience in a bid to compete with Timex.[18]


In 2001, Titan launched kids’ watches brand, Dash. The brand saw poor performance and was discontinued in 2003.[19] In 2004, the company entered into a agreement with Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Group, to service the latter's range of watches in India through its customer care centres.[20] In 2005, Fastrack was positioned as an independent accessory brand targeting the urban youth. With the objective to become a fashion brand, Fastrack launched sunglasses in the same year and launched bags, belts and wallets in 2009.[21]


Titan acquired Swiss watch maker Favre-Leuba in 2011 to enter the European market.[22] In 2013, Titan entered the fragrances segment with the brand Skinn.[23] In the same year, it changed its name to Titan Company Ltd.[24] In 2014 it entered into a joint venture with Montblanc to establish its retail stores in India.[25]

In 2016, Titan opened prescription lens manufacturing facilities in Noida, Kolkata, and Mumbai to improve its order processing time.[26] In 2018, Titan merged its jewellery brand, Gold Plus targeted at customers in South India with Tanishq to establish the brand’s presence in South.[27]



The watches division comprises of brands Fastrack, Sonata, Raga, Octane and Xylys. In 2011, the company secured, licence for marketing & distribution of Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss watches.[28] Favre Leube was incorporated in 2012. In 2018, the division accounted for ₹2,126 Cr in revenue which was 10% of the total of the company.[29]


In 2007, Titan Industries forayed into the fashion accessories industry with the launch of sunglasses, an Rs 330-crore market. It introduced Titan Eye+ that has a wide range of frames, contact lenses, prescription eyewear, & sunglasses.[30] The division accounted for ₹415 crore in FY 2016-17 maintaining a stable growth of 8%.


Xerxes Desai started the brand Tanishq in 1995. Zoya was launched in the luxury segment, while Mia, a sub-brand was under Tanishq for work-wear jewellery. Titan’s total revenue grew 20.44% in 2017-18 to ₹15,656 crore, of which jewellery sales fetched ₹13,036 crore.[31] In 2016, Titan invested in CaratLane who reported a turnover of ₹290 crore in FY 2017-18.


In 2013, Titan launched six variants of perfume in the Indian perfume market under the brand name ‘Skinn’. They collaborated with world-renowned perfumers including Alberto Morillas and Olivier Pescheux.[32]

Board of Directors/Senior Management[33][edit]

Position Personnel
Chairman Vikram Kapur[34]
Managing Director Bhaskar Bhat
Nominee N N Tata
Independent Director T K Balaji
Independent Director Vinita Bali
Independent Director Hema Ravichandar
Independent Director Das Narayan Das
Independent Director Ireena Vittal
Independent Director Ashwani Puri
Director Harish Bhat
Director Atulya Misra[35]
Director T K Arun
Company Secretary A R Rajaram


Subsidiary companies include Titan Time Products Limited and Favre-Leuba AG (FLAG).


Titan Company is awarded in many national and international forums for various activities and categories.

  • Selected as Best Employer for National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2014 by the government of India[36]
  • Titan ranked among the 100 most sustainable corporations in Asia in the Channel News Asia Sustainability Ranking 2014[37]
  • Top Indian Company award under the Gems and Jewellery Sector at the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate awards, 2014[38]
  • "Hall of Fame" award at 12th Franchisee Awards 2014 by Franchisee India[39]
  • Award at the CII 24th Kaizen national awards for assembly casing team[40]
  • Good Design Award 2014 by design Council of Japan for Skeletal Edge[41]
  • "Best Product design of the year-Watches & Jewellery" award by Red Dot for Skeletal Edge for 2014[42]
  • Bronze medal at the Indian Effies Award for Fastrack[43]
  • "Most Admired retailer of the year" award in Jewellery Category by Images Retail Awards.[44]
  • Tanishq wins Global Awards for Excellence in Quality Management & Leadership by World Quality Congress[45]
  • Tanishq is the first Indian Brand to enter the list of top 30 Best Retail Brands in Asia Pacific and stands at # 13 as per Interbrand[46]
  • Award for Customer service excellence at Golden Globe Tigers Award[47]
  • Gold & Silver Awards at TRRAIN(Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India) Retail Awards[48]
  • Gold Award in the Outdoor Advertising Convention 2014[49][50]
Precision engineering
  • Hosur won three State Safety Awards announced by Tamil Nadu Government in 2013[51]


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