Guests From India And Abroad Grace Fun-Filled Evening In Mumbai
The 3rd Glass Bulletin Awards (GBA) 2018, GB’s novel initiative to present to the industry a platform that appreciates talent and encourages discourse, was held with much fanfare in Mumbai on September 7.
The award show was organized by Glass Bulletin alongside glasspro INDIA 2018 exhibition at the Grande Hall, BCEC, Goregoan, Mumbai. The event brought together patrons of the Indian glass industry under a roof for a funfilled evening. It was attended by over 850 guests from India and abroad. Glass Bulletin (GB), India’s premier journal for the global glass industry, embarked on this journey in 2016 realizing the need and potential of an award ceremony to recognize talent in the Indian glass industry. And the first Glass Bulletin Awards was organized that year. Amid cautious reaction by the industry, GB put forward an event India was missing for so long. And three years since then, the glass industry has come to place its faith in GB to present a just and transparent platform for recognition of talent. GBA 2018 garnered more significance as it was held alongside glasspro INDIA 2018. glasspro was the result of Glass Bulletin and Messe Dusseldorf India joining hands for a world-class exhibition. glasspro India will be an annual event of international standards featuring top players of the global flat glas s processing industry. An international event with an Indian style, glasspro India 2018 will take along all players of the industry as it scripts a tremendous success. The evening began with the anchor welcoming the guests at around 6:30 pm, followed by the singing of the national anthem, the lamp lighting ceremony by Mr. Thomas Schlitt (ManagingDirector, Messe Dusseldorf), Mr. Lakhan Singh (Editor, Glass Bulletin), Mr. L.N. Jindal (Chief Editor, Glass Bulletin), Mr. Joe (Jinglass), and the Ganesh Vandana. The GBA jury, comprising Mr. Vivek Dubey (Director-Marketing, Gold Plus Glass Industry Ltd), Mr. Balaji Konidala (MD, Balaji Building Technologies Pvt Ltd) Mr. Subhash Jajoo (MD, Jajoo Architechtural Glass Pvt Ltd), Mr. Sudhir Arora (MD, Techno Trade Links), Mr. Deepak Gahlowt (Director, Xebec), Mr. SS Kang (MD, J.K. International), Mr. Gurmeet Singh (MD, Gurind India Pvt Ltd) and Mr. Srinivas Sapher (VP, Sales & Marketing of SISECAM Flat Glass India), was then felicitated by Mr Lakhan Singh who conveyed his gratitude to the jury members for their contribution. Mr. Sudhir Arora then took the stage to explain to the guests and participants the procedure followed by the jury in selecting the award winners. Mr. Schlitt and Ms. Birgit Horn (Director, glasstec) took the stage to address the audience before the award distribution began. Messe Düsseldorf, being the Diamond Sponsor of the event, was given the spot to address the guests. The first award of the night was the Lifetime Achievement Award which was bestowed upon Mr. N.G. Rau, ex-National Head Sales & Marketing, Gujarat Guardian Ltd. The audience was informed about the life and achievements of Mr. Rau through a brief presentation. This was followed by the national awards, which included new categories introduced this year. The Green Initiative Award to honor the energy-saving initiatives taken by glass processors went to Mr. Anup Nanda of Nanda Glass Company. Going Green is vital for our environment. And hence, with this award GB aimed at encouraging those that pledged their resources to save the environment for a better tomorrow. The Indigenous Machine Developer Award, also a new category, to recognize the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly to make top-notch glass processing machines in India was won by Mr. Punit H Bhut of Pearl CNC. The Jury’s Choice Award, another new addition this year, to highlight the hidden talents or emerging companies that have been working tirelessly for the benefit of the industr y was awarded to Mr. Harish Dewani. Mr. Dewani is one of the only two artists around the world who crafts realistic images over glass and mirror surfaces to create portraits and landscapes. He has been recognized for his work at international glass events and magazines. A brief break from the proceedings of the night was brought about a dance troupe who performance kept the audience on their toes. This was followed by felicitation of some faces of the Indian glass industry. Associations that work tirelessly for the industry and facilitated its growth were called on stage and honored. Red Carpet Tours was felicitated for organizing group tours for the stakeholders of the industry to international exhibitions and events, providing much needed exposure and help in its development. Mr. Narayan Kabra accepted a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Red Carpet team. Thereafter, the rest of the awards were given out. The award winners and the corresponding categories are as follows:
Best Glass Processor Award
East Zone – Saraf Glass Pvt. Ltd
West Zone – Ridhi Sidhi Glasses India Pvt. Ltd
North Zone – Jk International
National – Fuso Glass India Pvt. Ltd.
Best Glass Dealer Award
East Zone – Britannia Glass Co.
West Zone (Tie) – Ma Kachwalla And Sons, Continental Glass Traders
North Zone – Harakh Chand Group
National – Bhandari Glass House
Best Young Emerging Company
East Zone – Jivan Industries
West Zone – Versatile Glass Solutions
North Zone – Design-N-Glass Inc.
National Zone – Glasstech Industries India Pvt. Ltd.
Best Young Entrepreneur Award
East Zone (Tie) – Mr. Varun Saraf, Saraf Glass Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Prakhar Agarwal, Jivan Industries
West Zone – Ms. Himansee Jain, Fuso Glass India Pvt. Ltd
South Zone – Mr. Chaitanya Madan, Manchu Toughened Glass Private Limited
National – Mr. Ali Kamil, Kaenat Glass Industries
Best Innovation/New Product Award
East Zone – Roshnak Surface Care Systems
West Zone – RCMPA Polishing Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
South Zone – Kayes Industries
National – Genau Manufacturing Company LLP
Best Glass Showroom Award
East Zone – SS Glass Gallery Pvt. Ltd
North Zone – Design-N-Glass Inc-Glassik
South Zone (Tie) – Sisa World, Art Glass Edge
National – The Creation
Innovations /Creativity Award
East Zone – NA* (Not Applicable)
West Zone (Tie) – The Creation, Khozem Glass Processing Works
North Zone – Design-N-Glass Inc.
National – Sakthi Sai Safety Glass India
All sponsors of the event were felicitated on stage. These included Diamond Sponsor Messe Dusseldorf India Pvt Ltd and co-sponsors Techno Trade Links / Sanay Glass Engineers, Aardwolf Material Handling Solutions, Shanghai Northglass Technology Industrial Co., Ltd, Masss Glass India Pvt Ltd, KK Glass, EssPee Glass Studio Pvt. Ltd., Bhandari Glass and JinGlass. The Glass Bulletin Team that had worked tirelessly for the event were introduced to the audience, following which Glass Bulletin Editor Mr. Lakhan Singh took the stage to give the “vote of thanks”. Mr Singh took the opportunity to give the audience a glimpse of next year’s Glass Bulletin Awards and glasspro exhibition. Mr Singh thanked the VVIP dignitaries and guests, sponsors, participants and award winners, team Grey (event partner), associations working for the industry and invited everybody to Glass Bulletin Awards 2019 and glasspro INDIA 2019. With this, as the event wrapped up, the guests headed for dinner and signed the day off on a high note.