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De Beers acquires 33.4% equity stake in Synova SA
It supports De Beers’ strategy of developing technologies to enhance long-term value of diamonds
By: Diamond World News Service
May 12 2015 3:33PM
Reference: 11470  

Image Courtesy: De Beers
Image Courtesy: De Beers
The De Beers Group of Companies has acquired 33.4 percent equity stake in Synova SA (Synova), a Swiss-based owner and supplier of a patent protected laser micro jet (LMJ) technology.

This technology holds the potential to help diamantaires achieve higher yields, reduce the risk of damage to stress stones, and generate higher throughput due to faster cutting time and easier processing.

This transaction between the two entities supports De Beers’ strategy of developing technologies that support and enhance the long-term value of diamonds.

Philippe Mellier, CEO of De Beers group said, “This investment is another example of our continued commitment to technology. We have had great success with our technologies related to rough diamond sorting, inscription and grading for the Forevermark programme and synthetic detection. We believe this new cutting technology has the potential to play an important role in the diamond industry, as efficiency becomes ever more important for diamantaires.”

De Beers will work with Synova to develop a fully automated cutting and shaping technology, with LMJ at its core, which it is hoped will offer further efficiencies to cutting and polishing businesses.

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