Dr. Sawar Dhanania Joins As President of All India Rubber Industries Association

It is believed that we could easily place trust on the elected office bearers and his good self, who would be able to fill in the lacuna and soar the Association and its activities to new heights.

Dr. Dhanania will be succeeding Mr. Vikram Makar and will play a key role in leading forward the road map traversed and etched by the last two preceding Presidents of the Association, Mr. V.T. Chandrasekharan (2019-20) and Mr. Vikram Makar (2020-21). Their contributions to the Association will always remain valuable and precious. However, as envisioned by the predecessors the work could not be accomplished aggressively due to the ongoing pandemic situation troubling the country and the globe. Being committed to the industry Dr. Dhanania has been associated with AIRIA since 1993; till date, he has been working with AIRIA in different higher positions. It is believed that we could easily place trust on the elected office bearers and his good self, who would be able to fill in the lacuna and soar the Association and its activities to new heights.

Recently, Dr.Dhanania was the Senior Vice President, AIRIA, Mumbai, and is the Chairman of Rubber Board, Kottayam under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. He nurtures avid scholarly interests and thus around 65 years of age in 2017, he completed his five-year Ph.D. program from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. The famous brand of Cycle Tyre and Tube “Silverline” is founded by him. He is an ardent believer of a cleaner environment and has investments in Renewable Energy. He achieved Gold Medal in the 1st position for Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He is the proprietor of the firm D. S. Engineers & Consultants and Director of the company, Mutual Technologies Pvt. Ltd. established in 1949

Commenting on the occasion Dr. Dhanania said “AIRIA is an esteemed organisation which stood at the helm for 75 years from its establishment, being sincerely committed to stand by the side of the rubber goods manufacturers and the developments for the rubber sector in the country. The call of our Honourable Prime Minister is to realise Atma Nirbhar Bharat, making our nation self-sufficient and sustaining across all the sectors and trades of the country. AIRIA has already faced some major hurdles in the way and also overcame them successfully, but it is felt this is the just time to increase our exports in manifold through focussing on the new products and specific countries with handsome opportunities for exports.

I wish to draw the attention of the industry members such that they may explore the potentials for rubber goods manufacturing activities as well as rubber plantation in the North Eastern part

of the country. Industry sources are abuzz with the confirmed proposed investment of Rs. 1000 crore by Automotive Tyre Manufacturer’s Association, ATMA in the North East region for development of two lakh hectares of rubber plantation there. This motivates our member firms and their constituents to unearth all the possibilities there, for improvement of quality and quantity of natural rubber produced, which in the course would add to strengthen the entire supply chain. The growers and planters are also likely to obtain their due remunerative share for the products sold. The Association will also extend its support and work for the manifestation of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. It is documenting a draft to picture how the manufacturing sector would look like in 25 years in the future. By this time the country would be celebrating, its birth centenary and 100 years of Independence, in 2047 and all the MSME units of today will function as a technology-equipped and equivalent identity with respect to machinery, new generation materials, testing facilities, and enabled with a skilled workforce. In this regard, my special thanks to Automotive Tyre Manufacture’s Association, ATMA who as a parent body for the tyre manufacturers have already been successful in the implementation of the above and are inspiring the young industries to walk on the path of necessary adoption of technology and innovation into their folds.”