Indian extrusion machinery firm Rajoo Engineers’s Chairman, Chandrakant N. Doshi, passed away suddenly after suffering a fatal heart attack last Saturday. The 59-year old, who has been a Director and Executive Chairman of the public-listed Rajoo since 2009, started the company more than 25 years ago on the outskirts of Rajkot in Gujarat. Doshi set up the firm in the relatively unknown town of Manavadar to produce blown film lines and revolutionised the Indian industry with the production of five and seven-layer lines.
Not only did Doshi put Manavadar on the map, he is also credited for building up the firm’s business that has since grown to it having a presence in more than 52 countries, with 50% of its output exported and 60% of the business coming from repeat orders. Doshi also helmed the merger of Indian thermoforming machine maker Wonderpack with Rajoo to expand Rajoo’s range of machinery. Other more recent achievements include a technical collaboration with Germany-based Hosokawa Alpine to produce hybrid blown film lines and a joint venture with Italian pipe machinery maker Bausano to produce pipe lines in India.
Today, the firm has expanded its product range to include mono/multi-layer blown film lines; mono/multi-layer sheet lines; thermoforming/vacuum forming machines; PP non-woven fabric making machinery; foam extrusion systems; pipe and drip irrigation lines. It operates from a 20,000 sq m facility, including a tool/die room, metal treatment/fabrication, paint/assembly and testing centres, with 350 staff.