Late Mr. J S Betrabet
Innovator, Pioneer, Founder
Founder and late Chairman, Jaikrishna Shripad Betrabet was an innovator par excellence. His genius planted the seed of bio-degradable, eco-friendly corrosion inhibitors in India. His vision, zeal and inspiration have made the Suprabha Group what it is today. Mr. Betrabet started his career at Tata Chemicals in Mithapur, Gujarat, where as a mechanical engineer, he was involved with indigenously setting up infrastructure to double plant capacity. In his next job, with FAG Bearings, an Indo-Swiss venture, Mr. Betrabet once noticed an imported bearing wrapped in what looked like ordinary paper. What amazed the young engineer was that the bearing was rust-free, in spite of the fact that there was no coating of oil or grease on it. An analysis of the paper and a search for information on patents revealed that the paper was impregnated with corrosion inhibiting chemicals. In this paper, Mr. Betrabet saw the beginnings of his own vision of a rust-free India
Mr. Prabhakar Rao Bantwal
Innovator, Environmentalist, Philanthropist, Chairman and Managing Director
Although a Chartered Accountant by qualification, Mr. Bantwal’s entrepreneurial skills and concern for the environment found a fitting canvas in Suprabha. Together with his father-in-law, the late Mr. Betrabet, he brought into practice the values that define Suprabha, i.e. ethical practices, innovation, human safety and responsibility towards the environment. Mr. Bantwal’s pioneering efforts have given Suprabha, and indeed the world, innovative eco-friendly products such as organic rust converters, clay-based desiccants and water based Rust Preventive products. Under his leadership, Suprabha has developed customer-centric concepts like ‘Life Cycle Protection of Components’, ‘Corrosion Audit’ and ‘Seaworthy Packaging Systems’. It has always been Mr. Bantwal’s belief that the success of an enterprise is attributed to its people. He has to his credit a dedicated team that works in perfect synergy with the vision and mission of the Suprabha Group.
Mrs. Sumalata Bantwal
A former banker, Mrs. Bantwal uses her astute administrative skills to manage multiple functions of the organization, including ,administration, purchase and HR. She ably supports the Chairman & Managing Director to ensure the smooth functioning of the Suprabha Group.
Dr. S R Rajgopalan
Fondly known as Dr. S R R, Dr. Rajgopalan is an Emeritus Scientist of NAL (National Aeronautics Laboratory), Bengaluru. In his capacity as Director of the Surface Treatment Division at NAL, he has been responsible for various innovations that have saved India millions of rupees in foreign exchange. Dr. S R R’s association with the Suprabha Group has led to the introduction of numerous innovative products, systems and processes. His inventive spirit has helped Suprabha stay at the cutting edge of innovation, especially in its R&D efforts for the development of eco-friendly bio-degradable products and formulations. Dr. Rajgopalan is the guiding force for the high quality standards maintained by Suprabha.