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Angola opens second diamond cutting plant – report

13 february 2019

Angola’s national diamond trading company, Sodiam has partnered with local businesspeople to open a new diamond cutting plant in Talatona, Luanda, according to news reports.
More than $5 million was invested towards the setting up of Stone Polished Diamond (SPD), whose facilities cover 400 square metres.
The company would cut diamonds between three and 10 carats and some special stones.
It was also expected to process 2,000 carats per month in the first year of its operations.
The country only had one cutting and polishing factory, Angola Polishing Diamond, which was set up in Luanda in 2015.
The company was a partnership between Sodiam and LLD Diamonds.
It had an annual capacity to process diamonds worth around $240 million, according to Macauhub.
Angola Minister of Mineral Resources Diamantino Azevedo recently said that Sodiam would set up a diamond cutting and polishing hub in Lunda Sul Province.
The country introduced a new diamond trading policy, which among other things, mandated diamond producers to supply 20% of their rough output to local companies for cutting and polishing. 
Angola produced 9.4 million carats last year, but sold 8.47 million carats for $1.25 billion.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished