Jigish Doshi – President, Plastindia Foundation

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ES. Please tell us about your professional journey. What milestones did you reach on your way to the top which stand out as the most significant?ES. Please tell us about your professional journey. What milestones did you reach on your way to the top which stand out as the most significant?

Jigish Doshi. A chemical engineer technocrat in the Plastics Industry with more than 3 decades of experience in the manufacturing of multifaceted Plastics various products, I  began my career in 1981 with a humble set up of a SSI unit for manufacturing Monolayer Film and trading in Polymers. Thereafter, successfully established “ VISHAKHA GROUP “ in 2001, which has become synonymous for quality Plastics Products across the country. The group comprises of 6 group companies viz.VishakhaPolyfab Pvt Ltd;Vishakha Industries.; Vishakha Irrigation Pvt Ltd.; Vishakha Renewables Pvt Ltd.; Vishakha Solar Films Pvt Ltd.; VIGI Agri Films Pvt Ltd.

The PLASTINDIA 2023 edition broke all previous records with a footfall of 3.60 lacs visitors from 79 countries and 1800 exhibitors

On personal front, I have actively associated with various industry associations to promote the growth of the Plastic Industry. I was a President of Gujarat State Plastic Manufacturers Association for the term – 1994-95; a Special Invitee Member of GUJARAT CHAMBER of COMMERCE & INDUSTRIES – 1995-2004 & now MC Member of GCCI. I was also the Chairman of PLEXPOINDIA 2010. I am associated with PIF from so many years & currently as President of Plastindia Foundation.

ES. What other issues does Plastindia Foundation plan to address in the industry?

Jigish Doshi. Plastindia Foundation aims to address various issues to promote sustainable practices in the plastic industry, including recycling, waste management, and reducing the environmental impact of plastic products. It also emphasizes the importance of transitioning to a circular economy model, where plastics are recycled, reused, or repurposed to minimize waste and conserve resources.

ES. What is your vision for the industry in which you work? Do you have any specific goals in mind?

Jigish Doshi. The Indian plastics industry is growing at a rapid pace with the production and consumption increasing manyfold in the last 3 decades. Today, a major aim of the plastic bodies in India is to contribute significantly to the exports and to make India as one of the highest producers of Plastic. The current business environment, bolstered by the launch of Government of India’s ‘Atmanirbhar’ movement and ‘Make in India’ initiative, gives an impetus to the plastics industry to grow and provides excellent export opportunities. Indian exports of plastics in the year 2019-20 was at USD 10.00 billion, which is expected to reach USD 25.00 billion by the year 2025.

India is poised to become the plastics processing hub of the world. The industry that employs direct & indirect about 40 million people and comprises of more than 72,000 processing units, is expected to reach 9.1 lakh crores (102 billion US Dollars) by 2025. We are committed to work closely with the government and the industry to facilitate growth and to work towards innovative and modern manufacturing techniques that will be sustainable for the environment and the economy.