The Government of India has appointed Dr Ranjith K Matthan, Director of Polymer Consultancy Services (P) Ltd, as the new President of Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA), effective from January 2019 .
He succeeds Rajendra V Gandhi who completed his tenure in December 2018. Under his leadership, IRMRA achieved several milestones including initiating new branches in its landmark Diamond Jubilee Year 2018.
He also made significant contributions to promoting IRMRA’s services in support of the MSME sector, especially the non-tyre industry. “Shri Gandhi was always helpful, humble, approachable and available whenever we were in need,” recalls Dr Rajkumar, Director, IRMRA.
Dr Ranjit Matthan is a well-known international expert on Rubber Technology. He has been associated with IRMRA for more than 35 years as a member of its Governing Council and Research Advisory Committee.
Dr Matthan played a key role in the preparation of the proposal to establish the Centre of Excellence for Tyre Research, Testing and Certification during the 11th Five Year Plan which was sanctioned by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India.
Dr Matthan did his PhD in Rubber Science from National College of Rubber Technology, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Chartered Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mines, UK. He is a recipient of several awards including the K M Phillip Award (2005-06) and the prestigious Hancock Medal of the Institute of Materials, UK. (2014). He is an Advisor to several international rubber companies involved in the sustainable rubber value chain.
Dr Rajkumar said Dr Matthan was very supportive during the past three years when he had the opportunity to work with him. His vast experience at the international level will be immensely helpful for IRMRA’s growth and sustainable development. He played a vital role in starting IRMRA’s Southern branch in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, Dr Rajkumar said.
As the incoming President of IRMRA, Dr Matthan wishes to uphold the rich legacy of his illustrious predecessors, including Padma Shri K M Philip, Onkar S Kanwar, Dr Raghupati Singhania and Rajendra Gandhi.