9th Mile, RiBhoi, 12 February, 2019: Visionary entrepreneur and industrialist SudipDuttawas conferred the Degree of Hon. D.Litt. by ShriTathagata Roy, Hon’ble Governor of Meghalaya and Visitor, USTM at the University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya on11 Februaryin the presence of ShriLakhmenRymbui, Minister of Education, Meghalaya; MrMahbubulHoque, Chancellor, USTM; Lt Gen ZamirUddin Shah, Pro Chancellor, USTM, Dr P K Goswami, Vice Chancellor, USTM, apart from others.
Receiving the award, MrDutta said that he was deeply honoured to receive the Degree and he accepts it with all humility. SudipDutta is the Founder and Chairman of Ess Dee Aluminium Ltd., India. Ess Dee Aluminium is India’s largest manufacturer of Aluminium foil based packaging material. Two of his major achievements for the company include the listing of Ess Dee Aluminium in the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India in 2006. The second feather on his cap was the historical takeover of India Foils Ltd. in 2008, which was then India’s leading foil manufacturer and exporter of aluminium foil, set up in 1960. In 2009 Forbes India, bestowed upon him the title of “The Wrapper Tycoon”.
Born in 1972 to a family of four brothers and two sisters, in the industrial township of Durgapur in West Bengal, SudipDutta moved to Mumbai from his hometown, Durgapur in West Bengal in the early 90’s. His entrepreneurial journey started in 1991 with 12 employees with a pouching unit for making sachets used for packing oral re-hydration powders by local pharmaceutical companies. In the midst of his quests, it dawned on him that the packaging industry is virtually recession proof. Thus began his journey in the field of providing end-to-end packaging solutions to the Pharmaceutical and Food / FMCG sectors.
His absolute customer and market focus both in word and deed, his alignment with and dedication to the pharmaceutical industry, gradually paved the way for increasing the number of clients, the volume and overall turnover of the Group. One satisfied business house led to the next as his reputation continued to grow. MrDutta treated his strategic partners as unique entities who had come to depend on him, he had a definite role to fulfill, and that was the mission. Manufacturing locations engulfing the various pharmaceutical hubs also helped obviate the physical barriers of distance and contributed to the ever increasing asset base of the organisation.
His role today is divided between handling the company’s international business operations being based out of Singapore, and playing the role of innovator and mentor to his core team. He is also responsible for the overall strategies of the Company’s operations including R&D, Innovation, Sales and Production. In his current role, he is also concentrating keenly on growing and increasing the total share of exports both in terms of revenue and reach (currently exporting to about 50 countries and contributing approximately to 10 per cent of the overall revenue), and has invested substantially in technology and plant upgradation, thus ensuring that his vision is met within the next five years.
MrDutta has over two decades of experience in various facets of the aluminium foil and packaging business, and also enjoys a commendable reputation amongst his customers in India and abroad.
Currently, he lives and works in Singapore, with his wife Aarti and his two sons, Sushmit and Aditya, both of whom attend the Singapore America School. In his free time, MrDutta plays with his sons and sometimes enjoys a game of tennis with his friends.