Loughborough Alumni

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Pheroze Kharas

Retired 2017 as Chairman of the board: Ecoplast Ltd

Pheroze graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1958. After a successful career in the plastics industry he is retired but holds the position of Business Advisor for the World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce board.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

Naval Patel and I were in school together-Cathedral and John Connon High School, Bombay, (now Mumbai), India; he was a year senior to me. He had joined Loughborough to study Chemical Engineering. He was all praise for the curriculum, the professors, sports facilities, and the comfort provided by Rutland Hall. I had got a place at Manchester University, where another friend was studying. However, based on Naval's recommendation, I joined Loughborough .

 

 

 

 

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 years at Loughborough. Studying at Loughborough helped me to develop the ability to "Learn to Learn". This helped me to perform and get results throughout my career.

 

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Based on my experience I will continue to recommend Loughborough University to anyone seeking my advice.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

I played cricket for the Engineering College in my first year. I then took up Squash and played regularly after studies, late in the evening.

Can you tell us about your career?

My first job, after graduation, was with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC}, as a trainee­ maintenance engineer in the Uranium (Pilot) Plant. I was happy with the work culture at BARC and was told that I would be promoted at the year end. In the meantime I was called for an interview with Union Carbide India Lt. {UCIL} and within the nextfew days got an offer for employment. The Company was about to commission a Chemicals & Polyethylene manufacturing plant based on ethyl-alcohol from sugarcane.

My first jobat UCIL was market development for polyethylene films in agriculture, building construction and milk packaging. At the end of the fifth year my colleague in Delhi Branch, and I (working at the Bombay Branch), received the Award for Excellence, for the results achieved in developing sales of Polyethylene Films for these applications . I was promoted as Branch Manager - Calcutta and then at Bombay, later promoted as Product Manager, Chemicals followed by Product Manager, Plastics. Subsequently promoted as Sales Manager-Plastics & Chemicals Division.

In 1978 (after 18 years with UCJL) I resigned to start a business in partnership with a long-time UCIL customer, to manufacture multilayer plastic films. The Company, Ecoplast Ltd, was the first in India to make multilayer plastic films for packaging and a wide range of other applications. One of our largest customers then was Tetrapak. I was Managing Director and Executive Chairman of the Company till 2007.  I retired but continued as the Non-Executive Chairman till 2017.

During my tenure in Ecoplast Ltd . I was appointed as President of the Organization of Plastic Processors India (OPPI}for two terms .

After retirement I have been associated with the World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) as Mumbai Chapter Chair and then Director-International Board for two terms (six years). I am now on the WZCC Board, as Business Advisor. We have formed a Business Advisory Committee which evaluates the Business Plan of Start-ups and based on the evaluation, provides funds and mentors them for business success.

WZCC has published a book, authored by me, titled "Learning to Succeed" . The book is about applying the functions of management - Planning, Organizing, Leading and Control, for business success.

What has been the proudest moment of your career?

The growth of Ecoplast Ltd. over the years and the recognition from the Plastics Industry.

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