Mr. Yadupati Singhania
Late Mr. Yadupati Singhania was conferred with the distinguished alumnus award from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur for his outstanding enterprising skills in founding and revolutionizing the white cement industry in the country. Mr. Singhania was a B.Tech (Year 1977) in Civil Engineering from IIT Kanpur.
For the first time ever in the world, in the year 1984, Mr. Yadupati Singhania set up a white cement plant using limestone, by a dry process. In 1987, J.K. white cement became the first manufacturing entity in the world to install a fuzzy logic system to computerize kiln operations.Today J.K. cement is a multi-locational cement manufacturer with a presence both in grey and white cement segments. Its five plants across Rajasthan and Karnataka have a combined grey cement capacity of 10 MnTPA and a white cement capacity of 0.60 MnTPA. The company also has a captive power generation capacity of more than 100 MW spread across its plants. The company has extended its manufacturing capacity overseas at Fujairah (UAE) in 2014 which is a dual process plant producing both grey and white cement. At present, J.K. Cement Ltd, is the second largest producer of white cement in the world.
Besides his major involvement with J.K. cement, he has been closely associated with several professional and social organizations like Kanpur Productivity Council, National Council for cement and building materials, Cement Manufacturers Association, Rotary Club, environmental protection and productivity trust, Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Kanpur, etc. He has been very active in promoting education in various parts of the country. This is reflected in his deep association with Lala Kamlapat Singhania Education Centre-Gotan; Sir Padampat Singhania University-Udaipur; Dr. Gaur Hari Singhania Institute of Management & Research (GHS-IMR), Kanpur; J.K. centre for technician training, Kanpur; regional training centre, Nimbahera and J.K. Industrial training centre, Kanpur. He has also made a significant contribution and held important posts in various industrial forums and merchant chamber in the past.
As a successful entrepreneur and visionary, Mr. Singhania has been instrumental in the introduction of international quality white cement in the country and has contributed significantly in evolving India's cement industry for over three decades.
Achievements and Honors
- Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2015 by IIT Kanpur.
- Director of the Employers Association of Northern India.
- Member on the Boards of Governors of National Council for Cement and Building Material and Jodhpur Chamber of Commerce.
- President of the Kanpur Productivity Council.
- Member of the Managing Committee of Cement Manufacturers Association.
- District Governor of Rotary International and the President of Foreign Trade Development (India) Association.