Leading Indian tyre manufacturer Apollo Tyres’ chairman Onkar S Kanwar, has been conferred by the government of Japan, in its 2018 Autumn Imperial Decorations the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.
Kanwar has received this recognition for his contributions towards strengthening the economic relations between Japan and India, and for promoting Japanese companies’ entry into the Indian market. During his career he has also held major positions including being the present chairman of the India-Japan Business Cooperation Committee, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); chairman of FICCI (2004-2005), along with heading Apollo Tyres’ as the chairman since 2002.
Commenting on receiving the honour, Onkar S Kanwar said, “I would like to thank the government of Japan for bestowing me with this Order. I am truly honoured to receive it. I would also like to thank the Indian government, especially, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for giving me this opportunity to work towards boosting trade ties between India and Japan.”
Kanwar has served as the chairman of FICCI India – Japan Business Cooperation Committee since 2005 and has actively participated in the discussions that led to the conclusion of the Japan-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). Through the convening of regular joint meetings on business cooperation with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Kanwar has tremendously contributed to strengthening economic relations between Japan and India, and towards Japanese private investments into India.
As chairman of Apollo Tyres, he has supported the entry of Japanese automotive industries into the Indian market, and their market expansion by supplying compatible quality tyres to Japanese manufacturers. Under his leadership, Apollo Tyres has also introduced Total Quality Management (TQM) and other Japanese philosophies within the organisation.
Last month, Kanwar was also awarded the Officers Cross (Civilian Division) of the ‘Order of Merit’ of Hungary. The award was given in recognition of his work towards strengthening economic ties between India and Hungary.
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