HNGIL chairman Shri Chandra Kumar Somany has passed away.

The Indian container and float glass company said he had passed away in Kolkata after a long illness.

It said: “With heavy sorrow - this is to share with you friends that Shri C.K. Somany, the Champion, Doyen and Father-figure of the Indian Glass Industry and Chairman of HNG Group of Companies is no more with us.

“He left for his heavenly abode this morning at 11.40AM in Kolkata after a prolonged illness. He was 84. May his soul rest in peace.”

The company said Mr CK Somany was a renowned technocrat with in-depth experience in glass technology.

He had been the driving force behind the company’s performance over the years. At HNG, he played a key role in forming and proving policy guidelines for the management and administration of the company.

He held a F.B.I.M (London) degree and a degree in Glass Plant Instrumentation from Honeywell Brown, Minneapolis, USA. He had held reputed positions in his long and illustrious association with the Indian glass industry, such as the President of the All India Glass Manufacturers’ Association (AIGMF), Bengal Glass Manufacturers’ Association and several other commercial and non-commercial organisations.

He has also served as the Chairman of the Development Panel for Glass Industry formed by the Government of India, Ministry of Industry during 1995-1997. Shri Somany is associated with various charitable and philanthropic organisations and also oversees the human initiatives at HNG.

He was inducted into the Board in 1970 and subsequently took over as Executive Director of the Company and thereafter as Managing Director, a post held by him up to September 2000.