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JNA Awards announces 2017 Honourees

2017-06-27 Source:jewellerynewsasia

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The JNA Awards yesterday announced its highly anticipated list of Honourees or finalists across 10 categories at a news conference held on the sidelines of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

The event, now in its sixth year, is a premier awards programme that recognises and celebrates excellence and achievement in the jewellery and gemstone industry, with a focus on advancing the trade in Asia.

This year, close to 100 highly qualified entries from 13 countries and regions, namely China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, were received.

The categories that drew the most number of entries were the Industry Innovation of the Year, Brand of the Year – Retail and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Letitia Chow, chairperson of the JNA Awards and director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, remarked, “It is very motivating to see another year with record-breaking entry numbers, with first-time entrants accounting for 22 percent of the applications. Nowadays, companies have to innovate, not only to thrive, but to survive. The impact of innovation is evident in different aspects of production, including marketing, supply chain management, gem and metal technologies, product development and business strategies.”

The 2017 independent judging panel consisted of industry experts namely Albert Cheng, advisor to the World Gold Council, Far East (WGC); James Courage, former chief executive of Platinum Guild International and former chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council; Lin Qiang, president and managing director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in India and the Middle East; Yasukazu Suwa, chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc of Japan; and Mark Lee, research director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy (APIFS).

WGC’s Cheng said, “I am happy to see increased participation this year, especially from Southeast Asia and China. Although this creates more debate for the judging panel, it helps further strengthen the Awards.”

“The quality and geographical breadth of this year’s entrants confirm the relevance of such awards, reflecting the focus of the region’s push on innovative and evolving technical and environmental developments, while increasing the importance on consumer responsibility and creative marketing,” Courage commented.

“The shortlisted entries not only demonstrate solid achievements and effective approaches in problem-solving, they also set examples of good leadership,” noted Lin of SDE.

GIA’s Bhatt shared, “It is encouraging to see the high quality of entries, which makes our responsibility as judges more challenging and exciting. Recognition like this inspires entrants to further grow their talent and accelerate the pace of innovation.”

Lee of APIFS added, “The JNA Awards is an excellent platform to showcase the industry’s development and successes. It’s very impressive to see the participants’ passion, innovation and contribution to the trade.”

Here are this year’s JNA Awards Honourees or finalists:

Brand of the Year – Retail
Goldendew Co Ltd – South Korea
Shenzhen Ideal Jewellery Co Ltd – China
Soft Touch Jewellers LLC – United Arab Emirates
Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K K – Japan

eSupplier of the Year
Kela – China
Kiran Gems Private Ltd – India
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd – India

Industry Innovation of the Year
3D Jewellery Company Ltd – China
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co Ltd – Hong Kong
Gübelin Gem Lab Ltd – Switzerland
Shenzhen Lingchengben Technology Corporation Ltd – China
Shenzhen Perfect Love Diamond Co Ltd – China
Shenzhen Sunfeel Jewelry Co Ltd – China
Voguegold Jewellery – China
Zhejiang Angeperle Co Ltd – China

Manufacturer of the Year – Jewellery
KGK Group – Hong Kong
Shenzhen Foreway Group Co Ltd – China
Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd – China
Shenzhen Gemhorn Jewelry Co Ltd – China

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN
China Stone Co Ltd – Thailand
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company – Vietnam
Tomei Consolidated Berhad – Malaysia

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Greater China
Gold Dragon Jewellery Group Holdings Ltd – China
Hiersun – China
Shenzhen Ideal Jewellery Co Ltd – China
Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd – China
Zhejiang Angeperle Co Ltd – China

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India
KGK Diajewels India Private Ltd – India
Kiran Gems Private Ltd – India
RMC Gems India Ltd – India

Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
Kashi Jewellers – India
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company – Vietnam
SK Jewellery Pte Ltd – Singapore
Tomei Consolidated Berhad – Malaysia

Sustainability Initiative of the Year
J Hunter Pearls – Fiji
KGK Diajewels India Private Ltd – India
PANDORA Production Co Ltd – Thailand

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)
Mr Rihen Mehta, 7Cs Group – United Arab Emirates
Mr Zhou Can Kun, Shenzhen Batar Investment Hold
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