Chinese jewellers snag six JNA Awards accolades
HONG KONG, 2 November 2015 – China-based companies made a big splash at JNA Awards 2015, taking home the most number of trophies handed out during the awards ceremony and gala dinner held in Hong Kong in September. Of this year’s 19 awardees, six were from China.
Considered the “Oscars” of the jewellery industry, the JNA Awards drew more than 90 highly qualified entries from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. Forty-nine Honourees, representing 31 companies, were shortlisted. Following a rigorous judging process, China-based companies won six trophies across 15 categories. The 16th category – Lifetime Achievement Award – was selected by the organiser.
List of JNA Awards 2015 recipients from Mainland China:
- 1. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Mainland China: Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd
- 2. Industry Innovation of the Year: Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co Ltd
- 3. Sustainability Initiative of the Year: Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd
- 4. Manufacturer of the Year – Precious Metals-Only Jewellery: Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd
- 5. E-tailer of the Year: KELA
- 6. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 or below): Sit Kwan – Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co Ltd
Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and Chair of the JNA Awards Judging Panel, said, “These awards truly reflect the huge potential for the development of the Chinese jewellery industry and further establish China’s prominence in the international jewellery and gemstone market. As the organiser of the JNA Awards, we heartily congratulate all the winning Chinese companies and individuals, and we hope that their unremitting efforts will lead to even greater success in the coming years.”
“To be honoured in this global jewellery industry award means a lot to us. It provides us with an opportunity and platform to highlight our strengths and showcase the competitiveness of China’s world-class jewellery enterprises,” Sit Kwan, President of Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co Ltd, shared.
After two consecutive wins in the Manufacturer of the Year – Gem-Set Jewellery category in 2013 and 2014, Shenzhen Xingguangda captured the Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award for the first time in 2015. “The JNA Awards’ authoritative status, fairness and prestige are widely recognised by the jewellery industry. This award recognises Shenzhen Xingguangda’s commitment to sustainable development practices,” said Lin Changwei, Chairman of Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewellery Industrial Co Ltd.
“The Awards inspires industry stakeholders to emulate best business practices, and step up and lead the industry. This honour has further emboldened our team to keep pushing ahead and drive our innovation efforts,” commented Wang Tong, Chairman of Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co Ltd.
“We are very grateful to the JNA Awards judging panel for recognising our work and accomplishments. For Batar, winning the Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Mainland China award is not only a prestigious honour, but also serves as an encouragement for us to move forward,” said Edmund Chau, Chairman and CEO of Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd.
“This award is a testament to the achievements of China’s jewellery e-commerce enterprises. It is gratifying to know that KELA has finally gained industry recognition after years of hard work,” Michael Cao, CEO of KELA, remarked.
“The Manufacturer of the Year – Precious Metals-Only Jewellery award is the highest accolade given to Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry’s production, design and innovation capabilities in the jewellery industry,” Huanjian Zheng, General Manager of Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd, added.
The JNA Awards 2015 judging panel consisted of five industry experts namely Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council, Far East; James Courage, Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council; Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc.
As Asia’s premier jewellery event, the JNA Awards honours companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in the jewellery and gemstone industry, with a focus on achievements made in Asia. The JNA Awards 2015 Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair with more than 500 industry leaders and VIPs from around the world in attendance.
Since its inception in 2012, the JNA Awards has been supported by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners. The awards’ 2015 edition also had Diarough Group, Gübelin Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies, Shanghai Diamond Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd as Honoured Partners.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the JNA Awards 2016 categories in November. For more information on the JNA Awards and to view the list of 2015 awardees, visit http://www.jnaawards.com/ or contact:
JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)