Dr M Manickam is the Executive Chairman of Sakthi Sugars Limited, the flagship Company of Sakthi Group which is one of the leading industrial conglomerates in South India. Sakthi Group is engaged in the manufacture of Sugar, Power, Ethanol, Industrial Alcohol, Auto Components, Textiles, Soya Products, Dairy Products and also in Logistics, Finance, Education and Information Technology.
Dr Manickam, who is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Sakthi Auto Component Limited, an associate company of Sakthi Sugars Ltd, has been instrumental in the turnaround strategy of the Group and its expansion and acquisitions. His contributions towards the consistent performance of the Group and its foray into multifarious fields are significant. Today, Sakthi Sugars is a major producer and exporter of sugar in the country. He has also developed a modern Soya Processing Plant with oil refining with his strong exposure to International Business environment for over three decades.
Dr Manickam has established a world class Foundry at Pallagoundenpalayam near Erode in Tamilnadu and was instrumental in the acquisition of a foundry in Portugal which added an European footprint to our group. The latest addition is the establishment of the state of the art of Aluminum Casting and machining facility in USA and China to meet the emerging developments in the Global Auto Industry.
Dr Manickam did his MBA in University of Michigan and M.Sc (Statistics) Degree with distinction in the Madras University. An Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science was conferred upon him by the Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, in July, 2010, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the Management of Agro Processing Industries and Agricultural Development.
Dr Manickam is the Chairman of the Governing Council of various Technical Institutions run by Sakthi Group. He served as the President of the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), New Delhi, during 1996-97, the President of South Indian Sugar Mills Association (SISMA – Tamilnadu) during the years 1993-94, 1994-95, 2006-07 & 2012-14, and also the President of Sugar Technologists’ Association of India (STAI) during 2000—2002.
Currently he is Member of the State Level Information and Technology Task Force, constituted by the Government of Tamilnadu and in the Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Society, Pune. He is also the Chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers India (SAEINDIA), Coimbatore Chapter, Vice Chairman Gandhi Museum, Madurai and President of Tamilnadu State Chess Association.
Dr Manickam has been conferred with the “Dynamic Indian of the Millennium Award” by KG Foundation Coimbatore, in February, 2013.