How We Got Here
From humble beginnings to a global presence, our journey has been more than 65 years in the making.
Mahindra and an independent India began their rise together. In 1945, two enterprising brothers named J.C. Mahindra and K.C. Mahindra joined forces with Ghulam Mohammed and started Mahindra & Mohammed as a steel company in Mumbai. Two years later, India won its independence, Ghulam Mohammed left the company to become Pakistan’s first finance minister, and the Mahindra brothers ignited the company's enduring growth with their decision to manufacture Willys jeeps under license in Mumbai. The company’s new name - Mahindra & Mahindra, of course.
The Mahindra brothers believed that new modes of transportation could be a key to India’s prosperity, so one of their first goals was to build rugged, simple vehicles capable of tackling the Indian terrain. Early pioneers of globalization, the brothers collaborated with a wide range of international companies and before long, Mahindra’s reach extended to steel, tractors, telecom, and more.
Now, after more than six decades, Mahindra has grown from a humble local outfit to a US $16.7 billion corporation employing more than 180,000 people around the world. It’s been quite an adventure so far, and we’re proud of our global leadership in utility vehicles, tractors, and information technology, as well as our significant presence in financial services, leisure and hospitality, engineering, trade, and logistics. As we accelerate into the 21st century, we’ll continue to pursue innovative ideas that enable people to rise. We’ve come a long way, but the journey has just begun.
J.C.'s vision for India's post-independence economic development shaped Mahindra.
Under K.C.'s 13-year leadership as Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra established itself as a major industrial house in several sectors.