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ALL-sales distributed across the nation

IN A RATHER depressing market conditions, Ashok Leyland has gained a market share of 3 per cent even while its target segment, the medium and heavy commercial segment, suffered a sales drop by 25 per cent. “New products, brand establishment and better network coverage have helped us sustain growth,” pointed Vinod K Dasari, Managing Director. With a drop in the traditional MHV, newer products Dost and the ICV segments helped maintain market share. Since its launch, Dost has built a 19 per cent market share with sales of about 35,000 vehicles.

Though the market during the first half of the year is expected to be 10 per cent less than last year, it is expected to go on growth mode from the second half. ALL plans to tap the potential with new product launches and expanded network connections. “Our network grew by 26 per cent in two years and we have 450 full service centers pan India,” pointed Dasari. Apart from the Ashok Leyland brand, brand Dhoni has also added to the sales mileage. What was once a 60-65 per cent sale mainly from southern markets three years ago, it has shifted gear to better distributed sales across the country.

UII’s premium and profits increase

POSTING AN increase in premium income by 13 per cent and profit by 36 per cent, Chennai based United India Insurance Company Ltd had managed to improve the claims ratio to 84.61 per cent. Better underwriting practices and claims control measures deployed throughout the process have helped maintain the niche even during the current turbulent times. “Even after making a provision of Rs 431 crore for pension and gratuity liabilities, profits stood at Rs 527 crore and the premium income at Rs 9266 crore,” said Milind Kharat, Chairman cum Managing Director UIIC.  

The company plans to continue its focus on the retail, MSME and rural sectors. With the recent budget focusing on increasing insurance penetration, UII plans to expand its footprints across tier 4 and tier 5 cities by opening 530 micro offices and employing 25,000 insurance agents. The Rs 600 crore premium Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme, rolled out last year covers 1.24 crore families across the state, has been valuable.

“UIICs net worth grew by 9 per cent and our investment income stood at Rs 1777.41 crore,” said S Surenther, Director and General Manager. The premium income was made up by: motor 36.58 per cent, health 28.52 per cent and fire 12.10 per cent.

Bosch sets up greenfield plant

SUBRAMANYA ULLAL, Managing Director, Bosch Electrical Drives India Private Ltd, said that the company expected the net sales to cross Rs 200 crore this year as against Rs 157 crore last year. The Chennai plant has moved from the rented facility at Guduvancherry to a greenfield site spread over 10 acres at Oragadam. Built at an investment of Rs 120 crore, the plant has capacity to manufacture 22 lakh window-lift motors, 700,000 wiper systems and 500,000 thermal systems to leading automobile manufacturers that include Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Renault Nissan, Mahindra and Mahindra and Volkswagen.

India’s auto electrical market is estimated at Rs 800 crore and Bosch has a market share of 20 per cent. In the employee strength of 260, women’s share is 90 per cent.

Manfred Baden, Chairman, Bosch Electrical Drives India Private Ltd., was hopeful that the automobile market would revive in the coming year. With India as  base, the company plans to foray into Russia and other emerging markets.

New India domestic premium crosses Rs 10,000 crore

NEW INDIA ASSURANCE has crossed the Rs 10,000 crore premium mark: with domestic premium income of Rs 10,038 crore and overseas’ of Rs 2467 crore. Profits increased from Rs 179.31 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 843.66 in 2012-13. To sustain the momentum and fuel growth, the company plans to introduce more products and focus on overseas markets. “In the current fiscal we will be focusing on Qatar, which is a big market. Canada will be a re-entry and also Myanmar. With our Indian market focus on rural arena, we plan to open more micro-offices in tier III and IV cities and also launch an online platform for motor and health policies,” said Chairman cum Managing Director, G Srinivasan. The company has set up a target of Rs 15,000 crore premium income for the current year.   

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