Reena Bhagwati, joint managing director of Bhagwati Autocast Ltd. and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S., succeeds Harsh Jha as president of the Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF). Vikas Garg, managing director, Forace Polymers (P) Ltd., has been elected vice president.
Bhagwati was vice president of IIF, which serves as the nodal reference body to the government of India for the metalcasting industry. The foundry industry in India comprises approximately 5,000 units and employs more than half a million people.
“My aim is to ensure that the institute provides maximum value to its stakeholders and also to raise the existing status of our Institute and the industry in the domestic scenario and give it its rightful place along with other important industry associations,” said Bhagwati.
IIF, Kolkata, India, was set up in 1950 to promote education, research, training and development to Indian Foundrymen and to serve as a nodal point of reference between the customers and suppliers of the Indian metalcasting industry on a global scale. Its 26 chapters operate under four regional branches in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. The Institute is a member of the World Foundrymen Organisation (WFO) and the CII.