HRD Antwerp, one of Europe's leading diamond grading labs, last week opened its new office in the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), as well as a jewelry grading lab in the Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) in Mumbai, established for manufacturers exporting to international locations. The new office was inaugurated last week by Belgium’s Consul-General, Mr. Peter Huyghebaert, in the presence of HRD CEO Mr. Michael Janssens, BDB President Mr. Anoop Mehta, Vice President Mr. Mehul Shah and other dignitaries. In his opening speech, Mr. Anoop Mehta, President of the BDB said, “We welcome HRD Antwerp to the Bharat Diamond Bourse. Today we are facing issues of CVD and the presence of HRD Antwerp in the bourse will help the traders tremendously in conducting their business peacefully and effectively.”
HRD Antwerp India currently has a fully-fledged lab and a brand-new education campus strategically located near the Bharat Diamond Bourse, where customers can safely carry their stones for grading, or use one of HRD Antwerp’s transportation partners for free pick-up and delivery all across India. The new office in the BDB, emphasises HRD Antwerp’s commitment to strengthening the ties between the world’s leading diamond trading centre, Antwerp, and the BDB, one of the world’s largest diamond bourses. “This BDB office will bring us closer to our customers and will enable us to offer them a quicker and more personalized service. The BDB office will act as a drop-off point, where our customers can submit and retrieve their stones without having to leave the BDB premises. Our commercial team will meet with our customers, answer all their queries and thus improve our open communication channel”, said Ravi Chhabria, Managing Director of HRD Antwerp India. "Color pre-investigation and screening services will also be available."
Michel Janssens, CEO of HRD Antwerp, states: “We are excited to expand our capacities in one of the major jewellery manufacturing hubs in India. We want to work closely with jewellers, and offer them a range of tailor-made solutions, in order to help them better serve their customers, and ultimately increase their sales. Jewellers need backing from a reputed and independent international grading lab, one that is able to deliver a trademark for their products. A high-quality grading report is undeniably an additional selling tool.” He adds, “We believe in the Indian market and we are here to grow further. The opening of our BDB and SEEPZ office is the first step in growing our presence in India.”