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Nov 2, 2015

Hero Motor Cycle (Hero Honda) Company Founder Brijmohan Lall Munjal Dies at 92

Hero Motor Cycle (Hero Honda) Company Founder Brijmohan Lall Munjal Dies at 92
Brijlal Mohan, Founder and Chairman of Hero MotoCorp and died in a Delhi hospital. He was 92. Mr Munjal was born in 1923 at Kamalia in present-day Pakistan. After India's independence, the Munjal brothers started a small business of manufacturing bicycle components in Ludhiana and went on to build one of the largest business groups in the country.

Hero Group, which officially came into existence in 1956, had started its activities in the early 1940s as a bicycle-maker run by the four brothers. Mr Munjal led the Hero Group to a number of firsts. Hero MotoCorp is the world's largest two-wheeler company now for the 14th year in a row. Another group firm, Hero Cycles, has been the largest manufacturer of bicycles since 1986. Mr Munjal led the Hero group to form a joint venture with Japan's Honda in 1984, the joint venture - Hero Honda, went on to become the world's single-largest motorcycle maker. The partnership ended in 2011.

He was conferred with the 'Padma Bhushan' in 2005 in recognition of his contribution in the field of trade and industry.

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