Mr. Ram Saraogi, a name now synonymous with plastic packaging innovation, did not always find acceptance and celebration on his path. From being rejected for envisioning the demand for 20L returnable bottles in India to facing skepticism over replacing glass bottles with plastic packaging, his journey has been filled with challenges. “Convincing people stuck in their ways and old systems was the biggest challenge,” reflects Mr. Saraogi, sitting at his chairman’s desk in Chemco House, Fort. This landmark building in South Mumbai’s commercial hub is a testament to his relentless efforts and unwavering belief in his vision.

Despite initial rejections, Mr. Saraogi never gave up. Often providing products for free, he tirelessly worked to demonstrate their value. “I knew in my mind that this was a game changer and that the industry was poised for change,” he recalls. From installing the first high-speed preform machine to owning the largest fleet of Husky machines in India, Chemco has grown exponentially under his leadership, never losing sight of its humble beginnings.

Mr. Saraogi founded Chemco with the belief that PET was the future of packaging, and his foresight has driven the company to exceed 1000 Crores in sales, breaking borders and expanding beyond India. “His achievements cannot be quantified or summarized,” say his two sons, Gaurav and Vaibhav Saraogi. “He has not only been a pioneer for the industry but also a great mentor to us. We continue to learn from him every day, and this knowledge is priceless.”

Chemco, which remains 100% family-owned, has shown the world that adhering to principles and growing with customers can lead to organic business success. Mr. Ram Saraogi, a true Indian hero, has provided livelihoods for thousands and will continue to inspire with his belief that where there is a will, there is a way.

As we honor Mr. Ram Saraogi with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Modern Plastics Awards 2024, we celebrate not just his professional accomplishments but his indomitable spirit and enduring legacy.