Indian entrepreneur Mr Chandra Kumar Somany has been awarded with the 43rd Phoenix Award, Glass Person of the Year 2013.

Mr Somany, described as a pioneer of the Indian Glass Industry, earned the award for his contribution to the glass industry in the field of glass manufacturing.

Mr Somany is currently Non-Executive Chairman on the Hindustan National Glass (HNG) board.

He was inducted on to the Board in 1970 and laid the foundation of Hindustan National Glass and Industries Ltd in 1952.

The Phoenix Award committee said it was through Mr Somany’s vision and constant thrust towards innovation and adoption of the latest technologies that resulted in the HNG Group emerging as a market leader in the Indian glass packaging Industry.

The HNG Group now operates seven fully automated container glass plants in India and one in Germany and produces more than 4800 tonnes per day of glass.

It also has one 600 tonnes per day float glass unit.

Mr Somany has also dedicated time to many other organisations including The All India Glass Manufactures' Federation as President, The Bengal Glass Manufacturers' Association, The Merchants Chamber of Commerce, and is Chairman of The Society of Glass Technology (Indian Section).

He is also the Chairman of Chemicals & Allied Products Export promotion Council (CAPEXIL) and is also associated with various charitable and philanthropic organisations.