The "WADIAS" first venture, over 250 years ago, was in the area of ship building, more than 355 ships were designed and built by the Wadias, including men-of-war for the British Navy. It was on one such ship that the American National Anthem was composed, and on another Wadia built deck that the 'Treaty of Nanking', ceding Hongkong to England, was signed.
THE SPRING MILLS began operations in 1903 Emerging opportunities : With the wave of industrialization in the 19th century, trading grew, and with it, opportunities for new areas of business.
In 1879, Bombay was next only to New Orleans as the world's largest cotton port. It was at this time that Nowrosjee Wadia set his sights on India's mushrooming textile industry. On August 23rd, in a humble redbrick shed, he began a small operation. Here, cotton yarn spun in India was dip dyed by hand in three colors-turkey red, green and orange-and laid out in the sun to dry.
Humble opportunities : The Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Co. Ltd. had been born. A modest beginning for a company that was to grow in the following 115 yr. into one of India's largest producer of textiles. Along the path of growth and diversification, Bombay Dyeing has spawned dozens of other companies. In technical and financial collaboration with world leaders, such companies have pioneered the manufacture of various chemicals and have grown to be leaders in their new fields. It was more than just a company that was born in 1879, a legacy was born. A legacy that would give rise to one of India's most respected business houses.