The Wadia Group was founded by Loeji Nusserwanjee Wadia in 1736, when he opened a Marine Construction company that built ships for the British. He was one of India's first master shipbuilders and a pioneer of the global ship building industry.
Quality has always been the Wadia Group's hallmark, and testimony of that fact is HMS Trincomalee, the world's second oldest existing ship in the world, still afloat at Hartlepool, UK. Another Wadia Group built ship named the 'Minden' was where the American National Anthem was composed, and on another, the 'HMS Cornwallis', that the Treaty of Nanking, ceding Hong Kong to England, was signed.
Over the next 150 years, the group manufactured over 355 vessels that ploughed international waters.
The year 1879 saw yet another Wadia visionary live his dreams. Matching opportunity with core skill-set and an entrepreneurial vision, Nowrojee Nusserwanjee Wadia, moved his stakes into the burgeoning textile industry in India. By the latter half of the 19th Century, as Bombay was gaining its reputation as the second largest cotton trading port in the world as well as India, the cotton capital of the world, Nowrojee started Bombay Dyeing in a humble red-brick shed. This signaled the birth of one of the greatest success stories of Indian entrepreneurship.
Over the last 140 years, the Wadias have diversified into various fields of industry and commerce in collaboration with world leaders. The new companies under the wadia banner have become market leaders in their respective fields under the vision and leadership of the Wadia Group Chairman Mr. Nusli Wadia.