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Sharing the podium

twitter-logoManu Kaushik and twitter-logoGautam Aggarwal         Print Edition: Feb 19, 2012

Razin Rahman
Razin Rahman
WINNER: Active Char Products
MD: Razin Rahman
CATEGORY: Star SME - Manufacturing (Small)
The Kochi-based company manufactures activated carbon, used for water purification, as well as in other industries as varied as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals. It is a highvolume producer with an operating capacity of over 5,000 metric tonnes per annum.

Ashwani Gupta
Ashwani Gupta
WINNER:MPIL Steel Structures
CMD: Ashwani Gupta
CATEGORIES: Star SME - Manufacturing (Medium); Best Green SME (Medium)
Headquartered in Mumbai, it specialises in heavy and light steel structure projects, making custom-design fabricated structural steel products and cold-rolled formed sections.
Sunil Poddar
Sunil Poddar
WINNER: Poddar Global started, to Rs 50 crore in 2010/11.
MD: Sunil Poddar
CATEGORY: Star SME - Trading (Medium)
It supplies imported and indigenous newsprint to more than 300 newspapers and magazines, apart from others in the publishing industry. This Delhi firm owns warehouses at several urban centres with a combined storage capacity of 300,000 sq. ft.

Ramesh Mahapatra
Ramesh Mahapatra
WINNER: Magnum Seafood
CHAIRMANRamesh Mahapatra
CATEGORIES:  Star SME - Agriculture
(Medium); Best SME for CSR (Medium)
This Bhubaneswar-based company exports fish and fishery products across the world. Its plants process around 4,000 tonnes of seafood per annum.

Sharad Jobanputra
Sharad Jobanputra
WINNER:  Sequel Logistics
CMD: Sharad Jobanputra
CATEGORY: Star SME - Services (Small)
This Ahmedabad-based firm provides secured logistics services to dealers in gems and jewellery, bullion, fashion accessories and financial instruments.

Vishal Trivedi
Vishal Trivedi
WINNER:  Vidres India Ceramics
MD: Vishal Trivedi
CATEGORY: Star SME - Trading (Small)
It makes products used as raw material by the ceramic industry. Its customers include Nitco, Kajaria Ceramics and H&R Johnson (India). The Ahmedabadbased company's revenues have risen from Rs 12 crore in 2006/07, when it started, to Rs 50 crore in 2010/11.

Sukhmaya Das
Sukhmaya Das
WINNER: Rameswar Agro Industries
MD: Sukhmaya Das
CATEGORY: Star SME - Agriculture (Small)
With a production capacity of nearly 200 tonnes daily, this Bhubaneswar-headquartered company has emerged as a fastgrowing processor of raw and boiled rice.

Dr K.M. Cherian
Dr K.M. Cherian
WINNER:  Frontier Lifeline
CHAIRMAN & CEO: Dr K.M. Cherian
CATEGORIES: Star SME - Services (Medium); Best SME for International Trade (Medium)
It is a tertiary cardiac care centre in Chennai set up by renowned heart surgeon Dr K.M. Cherian. Its focus on research and specialised treatment draws many foreign patients.

Dr K.R.K. Reddy
Dr K.R.K. Reddy
WINNER: Sri Biotech Laboratories India
CMDDr K.R.K. Reddy
CATEGORY: Best SME for Innovation (Medium)
In its 17 years of existence, this Hyderabad firm has indigenously developed 40 bio-organic products in the areas of crop nutrition and crop protection. It has grown tremendously in the last three years.

Jagdish Agrawal
Jagdish Agrawal
WINNER:  Ishita Drugs & Industries
MD: Jagdish Agrawal
CATEGORY:  Best SME for Corporate Governance (Small)
It makes pharma ingredients and fine chemicals for companies such as Pfizer, Nicholas Piramal and Zydus Cadila Healthcare. It is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange as also in Ahmedabad.

Anup Jatia
Anup Jatia
WINNER: Black Rose Industries
ED: Anup Jatia
CATEGORY: Best SME for Corporate Governance (Medium)
It operates primarily in two areas: chemicals and textiles. Headquartered in Mumbai, it exports a variety of fine and speciality chemicals. Its five-member board includes three independent directors.

Mohd Nassir
Mohd Nassir
WINNER: MKC Fruits India
CATEGORIES: Star SME - Agriculture (Small); Best SME for CSR (Small)
The Ghaziabad-based firm is involved in contract farming and fruit trading. It buys fruit directly from farmers and sells it to bulk buyers such as Future Group and Aditya Birla Retail.

Ravindra Sharan
Ravindra Sharan
WINNER: Artifacts India
PROPRIETOR: Ravindra Sharan
CATEGORY: Best SME for International Trade (Small)
For the last seven years, this Delhi-based company has been the largest manufacturer of handmade paper products such as stationery, storage and packaging items. An export-oriented unit, it has many customers in Europe and the US.

Dr Hiteshwar Baruah
Dr Hiteshwar Baruah
WINNER: North East Medical Care & Research
MD: Dr Hiteshwar Baruah
CATEGORYBest SME in North East India
It runs a 100-bed multi-specialty hospital in Guwahati, Assam. In a span of 10 years, it has emerged as a strong brand in the delivery of health care services in the north east. It is building another 200-bed hospital in Guwahati, which will be ready by end-2013.

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