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De Beers set to appoint five new sightholders

20 march 2014

De Beers said it will appoint five new sightholders for the remainder of the 2012 to 2015 supplier of choice (SOC) contract period.
It said in a statement emailed to Rough&Polished that the companies would be formally appointed before sight number four in May.
De Beers' modified SOC re-planning process, announced in 2011, enables non-sightholder businesses that demonstrated sufficient demand through De Beers auction sales in 2013 to qualify for sightholder status and term contract supply.
 “Each of our new sightholders has demonstrated consistently strong requirements for De Beers rough diamonds via their auction purchases and we look forward to working with each of them more closely,” said De Beers executive vice president of global sightholder sales Paul Rowley.
“Our aim is to get the right diamonds into the right hands at the right time and our dynamic distribution system gives us the ideal vehicle to do this.”
A new De Beers sightholder contract will start on March 31, 2015 and applications for the new contract would open in the third quarter of 2014.

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