Vinita Singhania: Cement Pioneer Honored with Lifetime Achievement at 7th Indian Cement Review Awards
- UltraTech Cement, JK Cement, JSW Cement, etc among the winners of Indian Cement Review Awards for Fastest Growing Cement Companies
- Lt General Raghu Srinivasan, Director General, Border Roads Organisation, was the guest of honour at the Awards function.
Recognising her contribution to the cement industry, Vinita Singhania, Vice Chairman and Managing Director at JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd, and Chairman of Udaipur Cement Works Ltd, was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Indian Cement Review Awards function held on December 15, 2023, at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. The event, which was co-located with the 9th Indian Cement Review (ICR) Conference and the 14th Cement EXPO 2023, was organised by FIRST Construction Council (an infrastructure think tank) and Indian Cement Review (ICR).
Vinita Singhania – an industrialist and entrepreneur, having diversified knowledge and rich business experience of over 30 years – stands as a proud example, being the only woman entrepreneur in the cement sector in India. Her tenure has been marked by rapid expansion of JKCL’s business. Production capacity has jumped from 0.5 MTPA in 1982 to over 14 MTPA now; and plans to ramp up to 30Mta by 2030. Under her leadership, the company has been focusing on environment-friendly and energy efficiency technologies.
In her acceptance speech, Vinita Singhania commended the progress made by the Indian cement sector and encouraged women to play a more significant role in it. She reminisced about her early days: “I remember when I had entered the industry in the late ’80s, with a basic understanding of management, a lot of eyebrows were raised as it was thought to be a male dominated industry. but over the period of time I picked up the required knowledge to operate the business. Being a woman meant handling business and family simultaneously. For the first few years, it was challenging for me but my great team helped me a lot to achieve excellence.”
She further added, “We should invest our time, effort and capital to educate and empower the women for their upliftment, growth and independence. I look forward to the continued growth of the cement industry.”
UltraTech Cement, JK Cement, JSW Cement, Star Cement, etc. were among the winners of ICR Fastest Growing Cement Company awards in various categories. The complete list of the 7th Indian Cement Review Award winners is as follows: