JNA Awards 2018 is now open for entries

HONG KONG, March 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The prestigious JNA Awards is now accepting entries for its seventh edition. Qualified companies and individuals are invited to take part in this annual awards programme.

Partners and judges at the JNA Awards 2018 Open for Entries Presentation. (From left) Albert Cheng; Sophie Li, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange; Yan Nanhai, Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Letitia Chow, UBM Asia; Bobby Liu, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd; Liu Zheng, Guangdong Land Holdings Limited; Mark Lee; and James Courage
Partners and judges at the JNA Awards 2018 Open for Entries Presentation. (From left) Albert Cheng; Sophie Li, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange; Yan Nanhai, Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Letitia Chow, UBM Asia; Bobby Liu, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd; Liu Zheng, Guangdong Land Holdings Limited; Mark Lee; and James Courage



A world-renowned awards programme, the JNA Awards is organised by UBM Asia and is dedicated to recognise, celebrate and encourage best business practices, excellence and innovation in the international jewellery and gemstone industry.

Interested enterprises and individuals may self-nominate or nominate others in the following categories:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award (nominated by the organiser)
  2. Brand of the Year -- Retail    
  3. eSupplier of the Year
  4. Industry Innovation of the Year (business model, management process, marketing or branding initiatives, manufacturing process, product development, technology and gemmological research, among others)
  5. Manufacturer of the Year -- Jewellery
  6. Manufacturer of the Year -- Cutting & Polishing
  7. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- ASEAN, Japan & Korea
  8. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- Greater China         
  9. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- India
  10. Retailer of the Year (500 outlets and below)
  11. Retailer of the Year (501 outlets and above) 
  12. Sustainability Initiative of the Year
  13. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (age 40 and below) 

Entries will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of six international industry experts, namely:

  • Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council and former Managing Director, Far East (WGC)
  • James Courage, former Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and former Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)
  • Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE)
  • Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy
  • Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in India and the Middle East
  • Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc

Commenting on the awards, Albert Cheng remarked, "2017 was a difficult year for the jewellery industry, with rising costs, shrinking market size and increasingly sophisticated customers. Those who can survive and thrive are among our industry pillars, and they are encouraged to participate in the JNA Awards – the 'Oscars' of the jewellery industry. This provides them with the opportunity to share their success stories and be recognised at the most-awaited industry event in Hong Kong."

"Participation in the JNA Awards continues to be a unique opportunity for the jewellery industry to illustrate its progress and achievements across many business-focused categories. Categories today's consumers are looking for - responsibility in the supply chain, individual and collective enterprises, and excitement and business relevance brought by innovation. It is also an attractive platform for members of the industry to demonstrate their unique qualifications to their peers, suppliers and buyers," James Courage added.

Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards, Founder of JNA, and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, "Stepping into its seventh year, the JNA Awards constantly updates its programme according to industry trends to serve the trade better. We are privileged to provide a powerful platform for honourees and recipients to spread their success stories by actively showcasing and promoting the best practices and advancements in the industry. Through the JNA Awards, we hope to inspire a whole new generation of jewellery professionals who will drive the industry forward."

JNA Awards 2018 is supported by Headline Partners Chow Tai Fook (CTF) and the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), together with the KGK Group, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) serving as Honoured Partners.

Commenting on the awards, Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, said, "As a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards for seven consecutive years since its inception in 2012, Chow Tai Fook is delighted to witness the JNA Awards serve as a premier and influential platform that has been championing best business practices in the jewellery industry. We are committed to supporting this awards programme and are excited to cooperate with our fellow partners who share the same mission. We look forward to another fruitful year for the JNA Awards."

Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of SDE, noted, "As the most prestigious showcase of talents and successes in the global jewellery industry, the JNA Awards brings glory and honour to all its participants. I anticipate entries of the highest calibre again this year, and encourage SDE members to enter with my best wishes."

To enter the JNA Awards, interested parties must complete and submit their entry forms no later than midnight (Hong Kong time) of 30 April 2018.

The honourees or shortlisted entrants will be announced on 21 June 2018 at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

For more information, visit http://www.jnaawards.com/ or contact:
JNA Awards Marketing 
UBM Asia (Hong Kong
+852 2516-2184

Notes for Editors:

1.      About the Headline Partner

1.1 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (www.chowtaifook.com)

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (the "Group"; SEHK stock code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011.

Founded in 1929, the iconic brand "Chow Tai Fook" of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for product design, quality and value. The legacies of the Group and its iconic brand are rooted in innovation, craftsmanship and heritage. The Group also encompasses other jewellery brands including Hearts On Fire, MONOLOGUE and SOINLOVE.

The Group's commitment to sustainability is anchored in its "Smart+" initiatives which have been in place to promote innovation surrounding its business, people and culture. Another asset underpinning its sustainability is a sophisticated vertically integrated business model which supports the Group in fostering excellence and extending opportunities along the entire value chain. With an extensive retail network in Greater China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States, and a fast-growing e-commerce business, the Group is capable of implementing effective online-to-offline ("O2O") strategies and achieving omni-channel retailing.

1.2 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (www.cnsde.com)

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.

2.      About the Honoured Partners

2.1 KGK Group (www.kgkgroup.com)

The KGK Group was founded in 1905 by Kesrimal Kothari and Ghisilal Kothari of Jaipur (India), with the humble task of trading gemstones between India and Burma. With a global presence across 19 countries today, the privately held group has evolved into one of the most preferred brands in the gemstone and jewellery industry, with a vertically integrated operation that spans the entire supply chain from mines to brands. KGK is one of the few conglomerates covering the entire spectrum of mining, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of coloured gemstones, diamonds and jewellery for over a century. KGK Group has a resilient team of 12,000 employees with operations and offices in Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. Having achieved an impeccable reputation in the gemstone, diamond and jewellery trade, the group has recently diversified into real estate.

2.2 The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (http://en.gdgje.com/)

Founded in February 2016, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People's Government of Guangdong Province.

Aggregating resources from key industrial hubs across Guangdong including Guangzhou, Pingzhou of Foshan, Yangmei of Jieyang and Sihui of Zhaoqing, the Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange joins hands with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers.

The Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange is set to benefit China's jewellery industry in a variety of areas, such as the promotion of a healthier and more balanced international division of labour, foreign trade development, cross-border resource management and consumer market growth. As part of this effort, it will take full advantage of the base and influence of Guangdong's jewellery industry and the benefits stemming from the Belt and Road Initiative to establish linkages with national and global gemstone and jewellery markets.

2.3 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (www.gdland.com.hk)

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province's largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as urban and industrial complex projects.

GDLAND's flagship project, namely the "Buxin Project," is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and a construction scale (floor area) that is projected to exceed 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

3.      About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest events organiser in Asia, India and Southeast Asia. It is also the leading commercial organiser in China. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 36 offices and over 1,600 employees.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 11 market sectors with over 290 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2 million quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. It provides a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was presented with 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2017.

4.      About JNA (www.jewellerynewsasia.com)

JNA is the flagship market intelligence platform of UBM Asia's Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

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