Glass Awards (Final call inviting nominations by July 15, 2018)

C K Somany Award for Innovation and Technology will be given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the glass industry in the field or fields of manufacturing, product development, environmental factors, business performance/growth, research and development and/or science/technology.

Balkrishna Gupta Award for Exports will be given to an individual/firm by considering following factors: who have contributed towards identification or growth of new potential markets/volume of exports/reaching no. of countries or any other area showcasing valuable contribution in Glass exports.

Referral applications can also be submitted by Regional Associations UPGMS, SIGMA, WIGMA, NIGMA and EIGMA who may give recommendation for giving award to a likely individual.

AIGMF may also take help of BHU (Ceramic Glass Division), CGCRI (Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute), CCPS (Confederation of Construction Products) and FOSG (Federation of Safety Glass), for identifying suitable candidates for the award.

2nd award in these categories are likely to be given at glasspex India 2019 or during Annual General Meeting of the AIGMF to be held in 2019.

In recognition of tremendous contribution to Indian Glass Industry, AIGMF announces C K Somany Award for Innovation & Technology and Balkrishna Gupta Award for Exports.

Applications are invited at from within India from all those connected with glass industry who may submit a brief write-up/CV in support of their candidature latest by March 31, 2019.

About Mr. C K Somany:

Personality Profile: C.K. Somany | Remembering C K Somany | Visionary Indian entrepreneur mourned by international glass community

About Mr. Balkrishna Gupta:

Personality Profile: Balkrishna Gupta | Remembering Balkrishna Gupta

1st AIGMF Glass Awards; C K Somany Award for Innovation and Technology; and Balkrishna Gupta Award for Exports were presented on Aug 17 alongside AIGMF’s Annual General and Executive Meetings.

Supported by Glass Worldwide, the C K Somany Glass Award was conceived to recognise the exceptional contribution to the Indian glass industry made over many decades by Mr. Somany of HNG, who passed away in May 2017 having headed India’s principal glass manufacturing group for more than 60 years.

Acknowledging his valuable contribution in the fields of technology, manufacturing, innovation, services and education, an appointed panel of jury members unanimously opined in favour of Mr. Sushil Jhunjhunwala, Vice Chairman of La Opala RG Ltd., as the first winner of the C K Somany Glass Award. Members of the Jhunjhunwala family have been actively involved in the Indian glass industry for more than eight decades, with Mr. Sushil Jhunjhunwala having personally served the industry for 50 years. In addition to being a key personality at La Opala, a specialist Indian producer of opal and lead crystal tableware, Mr. Jhunjhunwala served with distinction as President of the AIGMF and the Eastern India Glass Manufacturers’ Association (EIGMA).

“La Opala has always been very active in the field of innovation and every year the company is honoured to receive prestigious awards” commented Mr. Jhunjhunwala. “However, to personally be the first winner of the C K Somany Glass Award is extra special for me. Mr. Somany was like my guardian and was such a warm person. He was the Indian glass industry’s figurehead and was always very open to offering technical assistance and advice. He is greatly missed”.

The accompanying Balkrishna Gupta Award honours Mr. Gupta as founder of the Advance Group of Glass Industries in Firozabad. With more than 70 years of experience of running many glass manufacturing units in Firozabad, Mr. Gupta also served as President of the AIGMF and Uttar Pradesh Glass Manufacturers' Syndicate (UPGMS).

Awarded the Balakrishna Gupta Award in recognition of a valuable contribution in glass exports, Piramal Glass Pvt. Ltd., is a global specialist in glass packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, perfumery and specialty food and beverage sectors. With headquarters in Mumbai and manufacturing plants in Gujarat as well as Horana in Sri Lanka, Piramal Glass has proven particularly successful in the export market, supplying, for example, 50% of the world’s nail varnish bottles.

Upon receiving the BalKrishna Gupta Award, Mr. Sanjay Jain of Piramal Glass commented, “On behalf of Piramal Glass Pvt. Ltd., we would like to thank the jury of AIGMF for selecting us for the Balkrishna Gupta Award of the year 2017-18. The Award is prestigious, and Piramal Glass appreciates AIGMF’s acknowledgement of its performance”.

While we maintain our leadership position in the Cosmetics and Perfumery (C&P) and Pharmaceuticals glass packaging in the Indian market, we continue to expand our foot print in our existing global markets of USA, Europe and South America as well as entering into business relations with new customers in Africa (South Africa) and South East Asia (Indonesia).

The jury, who convened at CSIR-CGCRI, Kolkata in July 2018 to determine the winners of both awards, was:
- Dr. Ranjan Sen, Chief Scientist & Head Glass Division, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI), Kolkata
- Mr. Dave Fordham, Editor, Glass Worldwide, London (UK)
- Mr. Bharat Somany, Vice President AIGMF and Vice President HNG Inds. Ltd., Bahadurgarh (Haryana)
- Mr. M K Bansal, Executive Committee Member AIGMF and Partner, Shri Sitaram Glass Works, Firozabad (UP)
- Mr. Vinit Kapur, Secretary AIGMF, Delhi

Adding glory to the ceremony, C K Somany Award was presented by his sons, Mr. Sanjay and Mukul Somany (both Former Presidents of AIGMF) and BalKrishna Gupta Award by his son Mr. Pradeep Gupta who also happens to be Former President of AIGMF.

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