HRD Antwerp, Europe’s leading authority in diamond certification, inaugurates its new Mumbai office extension and launches a new melee diamond screening service. The official opening of the new HRD Antwerp Mumbai office extension was attended by HE Minister-President of the Government of Flanders Mr. Geert Bourgeois.
Mr. Jan Luykx, Ambassador of Belgium in India, Mr. Peter Huyghebaert Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai and Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment & Trade Agency, following a delegation of Belgian and Indian Government Officials and Industry Representatives. The visit was part of the largest-ever trade mission of Flanders to India were also present at the event.
“When HRD Antwerp opened its Mumbai office in June 2012, the strategic decision was made to invest heavily in state-of-the-art equipment, stringent security features and advanced training for employees, as back then we anticipated for the Indian diamond and diamond jewellery market to see an exponential annual growth. Now almost four years later we’re delighted to see these forecasts have held and the need for an extra extension of our office deemed necessary” explains Mr. Peter Macken, CEO HRD Antwerp.
“Given the increasing amount of lab-grown diamonds entering the diamond and diamond jewellery market, we’re also extremely excited to be expanding our Mumbai operations with a new melee diamond screening service using the M-Screen, the world’s fastest melee screening device. We’re positive this new service will significantly contribute towards strengthening consumer confidence throughout the diamond pipeline, both domestic as well as internationally” adds Mr. RavindraChhabria, Managing Director HRD Antwerp - India.