A MANAGEMENT Guru said 'If we wish to do something, ithappens. It is your desire to do that comes true' and such desire supported by the hard work of ICC executive committee has culminated into reality. The prestigious Annual Awards for excellence of performance in various facets of the chemical industry were presented on 28th September 2018 at the Crystal Room, Taj Mahal Palace Tower Hotel, attended by company owners, senior executives, departmental heads, entrepreneurs and award-winning companies etc. The awards were initiated 60 years ago and the ICC Lifetime Achievement Awards since 9 years. Padma Vibhushan Prof M.M. Sharma and Padma Bhushan Prof J.B. Joshi were felicitated on the occasion. Ms. Mansi Sontakke compered the proceedings.
Mr.Ravi Kapoor, President, ICC welcoming the gathering, said that India is ranked 6 with 7% GDP and 3.3% of global chemical consumption and bridging the gap between exports and imports. He envisaged $100 million growth by 2025 in the specialty chemicals sector, followed by paints and coatings, dyes and chemicals, agrochemicals and specialty polymers. He spoke about activities and achievements - new office at Delhi, Responsible Care (50 company members), waste management, doing things right way and circular economy to recycle waste. Capacity of intermediates is 50% and there is choking up in supply chain in China. Their sustainability and product safety issues gave opportunity to India. ICC engages with ICCA (International Council in Chemical Associations) with Associate Membership. Nicer Globe (GPS based system) initiative addresses safe transportation of hazardous goods.
Shri Suresh Prabhu, Honourable Minister for Commerce & Industry, Government of India conveying his speech through a video recording said that Indian chemical industry is one of the backbones of India's manufacturing base. Without chemicals no lifestyle works. So, making chemicals in India is an opportunity. In agrochemical sector, UPI acquired a US company and taking into value chain made them top 5 companies in the world. Promote investments. Wishing ICC the best with responsibility for manufacturing and exports, he assured his support to promote chemical exports from India.
Introducing Chief Guest Mr P.Raghavendra Rao IAS (Haryana cadre, 1985), Secretary Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India, Mr.Ravi Kapoor said he has experience in various positions in several sectors like Finance Secretary, Town and country planning, Environment, urban and rural development etc. He is B.Tech (Mechanical) from JNTU, Hyderabad with advanced courses in public administration from Harvard University and training in commerce at Birmingham.
Mr Raghavendra Rao spoke about the recent meeting on how they ensure exports from India with focus on chemicals and petrochemicals sectors. For organising India Chem on 4-6 October along with FICCI and ICC, he had visited some countries and observed heart-warming response everywhere. We are a fast growing economy, already crossed France and other countries. We import about 3 lakh crores and export 2 lakh crores. Government listed major issues and challenges that hamper growth and identified opportunities to build on that. How do we ensure availability of feedstock that improves infrastructure, simplify tax structure particularly import duties, capacity available and underutilised with imports happening. Despite having capacity, we are not buying locally but from outside due to transport and feedstock cost. He advocated minimising outgoing of foreign exchange and identifying the new areas where we can do significant progress. Some of the issues and areas are:
- Government policies for existing PCPIRs: We need to analyse and come out with a perspective plan for 2025-40 and assistance from the industry to enable intelligent decisions about investments.
- Introduction of mandatory standards: He was surprised that not even one commodity has such provision, but voluntary standards and this needs to change besides having international standards for Make in India.
- Rationalisation of import duty structures: They were able to narrow down on some items where the import duty structure is lower to withstand the pressure in some areas and they have zeroed on certain parameters. Industries closing in China are welcome to shift. We give priority to environment; Responsible Care initiative and it should be self-regulation and voluntarily followed adapting standards.
- How do we transport chlorine through pipeline for a longer distance? There are no standards as norms.
- Where regulations come into force, our industries can further expand.
- Shop level people being trained - National level institute which caters to the requirement of training workers on shop floor handle chemicals in a positive way. CIPET (Central Institute of Plastic Engineering Technology can also work as CICET (Central Institute of Chemical Engineering Technology).
- Policy on plastic bags – Document with road map for chemical cluster. Concentrate on core areas of business. Cluster approach is safer instead of worrying about steam, roads, water supply and power etc. With regard to PCPIRs and sub clusters for plastics, chemicals, he called for inputs from the industry.
Mr Raghavendra Rao concluded that at the central government, state government, urban level, everybody is keen that we move forward in a positive way. Transformation in terms of bridging gaps exists. Discuss and deliberate steps with stakeholders to proceed in the national interest and ultimate analysis which are the guiding principles that will benefit everybody, particularly the common man.
D.M.Trivedi Life Time Achievement Award for Contribution to Chemical Industry
Management of Industry:
Mr.H.M.Bharuka, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd and leader in industrial coatings. He is B.Com and qualified AICWA from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India with several accomplishments to his credit. He has the honour of being the first ever non-Japanese director of Kansai Paints, Japan in its 100 years history. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Indian chemical industry, ICC conferred the prestigious D.M.Trivedi Life Time Achievement Award for Contribution to Chemical Industry- Management of Industry, on him.
Mr.Bharuka said that he never realised that he would receive this award at the age of 58 since there is a lot more to do for the company, parent company and real estate and thanked his company, employees, parent company, suppliers and customers for contributing to the growth and for supporting him.
Education & Research:
Prof Ashok Mishra, Former Director, IIT-B (2000-2008). B.Tech (IIT-Kanpur), MS (Tops University), PhD (Massachusetts). He has been Director of Reliance Industries, Jubilant Life Sciences and Kirloskar Electricals Ltd, NTPC, RCF, Jubilant Industries and Aditya Birla Private Equity. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Indian chemical industry, ICC conferred the prestigious D.M.Trivedi Life Time Achievement Award for Contribution to Chemical Industry- Education & Research, on him.
Accepting the prestigious award, Prof Mishra said that in his education, he switched after 3 years from Electrical Engineering to Chemical engineering for its importance to chemical industry. Worked for Monsanto in polymer division. Claas India helped him establish personal interaction with plastic industry leading to polymer processing academy and involved him in consultancy projects and he became Reliance Chair Professor at IIT-D. He joined IIT-B in 2000 with PhD students of 700 and by the time he left in 2008, the number had gone up to 1600 (tripled in chemical engineering department from 30 to 100) for reasons of enhanced research culture, ready for industry and academic positions and infrastructure of research in the country. More faculty members started taking research abroad and they came under Goel Group of Institutions. People collaborated in programs and interactions with Monash, Harvard, Washington National University of Singapore for education and research go hand in hand. He has now settled in Bengaluru and gives back IIT system by bringing industry and IIT work together to take the chemical industry forward.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution ICC conferred Lifetime Achievement Award on Mr.Madhukar B Parekh, Chairman, Pidilite Industries Ltd. He mentored his team and led to foundation of the company from a small-scale specialty company to a large public limited company. It has become a market leader in adhesives, sealants and waterproofing segments in India and international markets. Pidilite success is a clear three-pronged focus on brand building, spirit of innovation and maintaining strong relationship with customers. Most of Pidilite's products have been developed through in-house R&D. Mr.Parekh's association with Pidilite dates back to 1971 when he joined after completing his Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin. He has been bestowed with many awards and accolades for his services, business and industry.
Honoured with the coveted award, Mr.Parekh expressed his grateful thanks to UDCT where he got his basic education in chemical engineering particularly under a great teacher like Prof M.M.Sharma and colleagues in the industry who had inspired him in his career and supported along the journey. He said that common man considers chemical industry is dull and dirty. Efforts are made in the direction of Responsible Care and how chemical industry can be fun - he showcased thematic advertisement visuals of product mix like Fevicol, M-Seal and Fevikwik.
Mr.Vijay Shankar, the Incoming ICC President said that despite active interface of the industry with the government, negative connotation persists, yet the new secretary has taken dynamic steps to involve all the ministerial departments. He focused on environment and Responsible Care program though RC companies. Nicer Globe initiative, transportation of chemicals and hazardous chemicals is important and needs constant improvement.
Concept of zero liquid discharge is becoming important part of the lexicon. Each individual company should take up steps forward on the environment front with collective responsibility to improve the image of the industry.
Make in India initiative: There are conflicting demands. Chemical industry is capital intensive sector in our country which had opened to foreign investment in 1991 and a few people are now coming to make investments. The capital goods sector is languishing for the last 2 years in terms of employment. Impact on downstream sector is huge with trade deficit.
Mr. Ravi Goenka, Incoming Vice President said when he started Laxmi Organic Chemicals in 1991, Mr.Madhukar Parekh took the first tanker of acetic acid and encouraged the then young entrepreneur. The Secretary has given hopes to do whatever possible in this current government regime and make changes by December besides some proposals for the association. He thanked ICC for giving him the responsibility and would endeavour to do his best.
Proposing Vote of Thanks, Mr.H.S.Karangle, Director General said ICC comprises experts in different fields working together as team. He appreciated the passion of Mr.Ravi Kapoor for Responsible Care, Nicer Globe and standards of sustainability across the chemical industry. Mr.Bharuka for income accounts besides increasing turnover. Prof Mishra fostered industry-academia promoted interaction. He complimented Mr.M.B.Parekh for successful product mix with in-house technology. He spoke about Prof M.M.Sharma's support to ICC and offered special thanks to sponsors. The celebrations ended with networking and dinner.
Members of the award selection and scrutinising committee finalised the winners from 56 applicants and ICC honoured them as given below
Dr.K.S.Murthy, Pidilite Industries Ltd