VILLEJUST, France – (Sept. 18, 2008) – Manu Patel, a director of Eliokem India Pvt. Ltd., has won the Hancock Medal 2008.
He was selected for his service to the rubber industry in India and abroad and contributions to national and international standardization (ISO-TC/45) in the rubber industry, Eliokem said.
The award, originated by the Plastics and Rubber Institute of the United Kingdom, is named after inventor Thomas Hancock, the father of the British rubber industry.
Patel is the former chairman of the Indian Rubber Industry association and currently honorary member of the All India Rubber Industries Association. He was a director at Apar Industries Ltd. through February 2008 when Eliokem bought its Polymer Division.
His service to the rubber industry in India and abroad included assignments to various United Nations agencies such as UNESCO and the World Bank in Sri Lanka, and the UNIDO in Vietnam. He also was instrumental in getting India involved in the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers.
Patel was the first to receive KM Philip Gold Medal Award in 1993 for his contribution to the growth and development of the Indian rubber industry. He was recognized for his contribution helping India increase its useof styrene-butadiene rubber, which rose from 10,000 metric tons in 1960 to 200,000 tons in 2007.