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Israeli diamond leaders keen to restore Israel’s diamond manufacturing
A one stop shop for diamond manufacturing was recently opened in Israel
By: Diamond World News Service
Mar 28 2015 12:48PM
Reference: 11317  

Yoram Dvash
Yoram Dvash
Israeli diamond leaders are ambitious to bring back a large part of the offshore diamond polishing business to the country. A step towards this is an advanced “one-stop shop” for diamond manufacturing, recently opened near the Israel Diamond Complex in Ramat Gan.

The plan to bring back diamond manufacturing is being supported by the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA) and the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI).

The new 400 square meter manufacturing center provides a subsidized work environment for up to 100 polishers, access to advanced technological systems, including the Sarine Galaxy machine, laser cutting and automatic round polishing, with teaching staff on site. The purpose is to offer IDE members, especially small and medium sized companies, the ability to polish their rough diamonds in Israel, at prices competitive with or even cheaper than offshore locations.

The establishment of modern manufacturing facility is being led by Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) Industry Committee Chairman Yoram Dvash, with the support of IDE President Shmuel Schnitzer, IsDMA President Jacob Korn and IDI Chairman Moti Ganz. Dvash, whose own diamond company manufactures solely in Israel, believes that manufacturing is essential to maintaining Israel’s status as a leading world diamond hub. He said, “We want to bring Israel back to being a manufacturing center. This is a first step to expanding manufacturing and to make it younger and smarter.”

Dvash added that he would serve to overlook the expansion of the facility when it takes off, and will also see to adding more manufacturing capacity. “We believe that a large percentage Israel’s diamond manufacturing will be done by the center,” he said.

“Due to our technology and the type of rough diamonds we polish, the difference in labor costs between Israel and China as a share of the total manufacturing cost is insignificant. Take into account costs of shipping, insuring and the time it takes to ship diamonds from manufacturing centers to trading centers and the price differential for top quality diamonds is negligible,” he added.

The manufacturing center houses an academy to train new polishers, with a special focus on the younger generation, to establish a community of younger diamond polishers. The academy offers several courses a year, training a total of 60 new polishers in the first year. The students are given a stipend during the course and are guaranteed a job when they graduate. The training program is being run in conjunction with Amal educational network and is partially supported by the Israeli government.

Dvash noted the steps will have a ripple effect. “I have received several calls from diamantaires from Israel and abroad who have asked us to help them set up manufacturing facilities in Israel. There’s no doubt that this is upgrading the entire diamond manufacturing industry in Israel,” he said.

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