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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

India's biggest farm equipment maker Mahindra & Mahindra plans to venture into general insurance business

MUMBAI: Mahindra & Mahindra Group , the biggest farm equipment makers in the country, is planning to tie-up with an experienced company to venture into the Rs. 40,000-crore general insurance business, which is growing at around 20% a year. 

The group, which has a lending business in Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd , has mandated consultants KPMG to find a partner who would have technical experience in running a general insurance business, including writing covers for industrial accidents and automobiles. 

The group is present in the insurance broking business through Mahindra Insurance Brokers . Magma is the last NBFC to enter into non-life space by manufacturing insurance products. 

Magma Fincorp and its associate company, Celica Developers , have formed a joint venture with German insurer, HDI-Gerling to foray into insurance. Another conglomerate L&T has started an insurance subsidiary last year. The general insurance arm of the company is a 100% owned subsidiary of L&T without a foreign partner. 

Mahindra will be the 24th non-life insurer in the industry. There are 23 non-life insurance companies, of which four are public sector insurers. The entry of new players could put pressure on premium rates. 

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