Arjun Chari, Managing Director
Mr Arjun Chari is the co-promoter and Managing Director of Avântt Business Solutions, based in Chennai. He is a Chemical Engineer, with a degree in Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in the year 1972.
After working for a year at Hindustan Polymers, Visakhapatnam, where he was involved in the construction and commissioning of the Styrene plant, Mr. Chari joined SPIC in 1973 and worked in various capacities in SPIC’s Fertilizer Complex at Tuticorin until 1986, and again from 1992 to 1995.
During his first stint at Tuticorin, he played an important part in the implementation, commissioning and operation of the Ammonia Plant of SPIC, which was then one of the largest single stream Ammonia Plants built. In 1992, he was in charge of the Technical Services function at Tuticorin, having responsibilities covering Process Engineering, Design, Inspection, Insurance, Quality Control and Safety. He was also chosen as a member of the team to undertake the successful upgrading of the Ammonia and Urea plants.
In 1986, he was appointed as the Project Manager of a new Joint Venture project being set up between Tamilnadu Petroproducts Limited (TPL), a subsidiary of SPIC, and Henkel of Germany, to manufacture phosphate-free synthetic detergents using Henkel’s proprietary Zeolite technology. He was fully responsible for finalizing the foreign collaboration agreement, setting up a new company, obtaining GOI approvals, completing financial closure, and for the design, engineering, procurement and construction of the manufacturing facility at Karaikal in the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
From 1995 to 1998, he was involved with the Corporate Strategy Planning function of the SPIC Group, to chalk out the long-term growth plans for the group.
In 1998, he was deputed to SPIC’s Joint Venture project in Jordan, Indo Jordan Chemicals Company Limited (IJC), initially as the Assistant Managing Director responsible for the manufacturing and export operations of IJC, and from 2001 as the Managing Director of the company. Under his leadership, the company successfully restructured its long term debt taking advantage of the global financial developments post-2001, changed its marketing strategy from having only a single buyer (SPIC) to becoming a diversified exporter and revamped its manufacturing to become one of the lowest cost manufacturers of Phosphoric Acid worldwide. The plants recorded the highest ever production of 112% of the rated capacity in the year 2002.
He completed his assignment in Jordan in 2006 and returned to SPIC where he was made Director of Spic Petrochemicals and Spic Fertilizers and Chemicals.
Post-retirement in 2009, Mr. Chari co-promoted Avântt Business Solutions based in Chennai and is currently the Managing Director. Avântt has been promoted as a Management Consultancy firm, mainly involved in project evaluations for building new plants as well as for existing plant upgradation, capacity augmentation and de-bottlenecking. The wide experience gained in various capacities and projects, in India and abroad, by Mr. Chari over his nearly four decade career, will prove to be of great value to Avântt in pursuing its objectives.