Press Release: For the first time, as part of the supplier of choice (SOC) strategy, the De Beers Group is pleased to announce that eligible customers of its rough diamond auctions will be invited to apply for term supply for the remainder of the 2012 to 2015 SOC contract period.
The announcement reflects changes made to SOC and announced in April 2012, to create a more dynamic intention to offer (ITO) re-planning process. Sightholders and non-sightholders that have demonstrated sufficient demand through De Beers’ auction sales in 2012 will, subject to De Beers’ forecast rough diamond availability, have the opportunity to qualify for an ITO by submitting a contract proposal questionnaire (CPQ) as part of the 2013 ITO re-planning process.
In addition to meeting mandatory financial and compliance requirements, in order to be eligible to apply for an ITO, auction customers (who may or may not be a current sightholder) must have demonstrated the requisite level of demand at De Beers’ auction sales in 2012 in categories of rough diamonds for which De Beers has sufficient forecast availability.
All CPQs will be assessed according to the rigorous procedures that were used in 2011 to select sightholders for the 2012 to 2015 contract period.
Customers that have met the demand requirements will be notified by De Beers on December 18, 2012 whether they are eligible to submit a CPQ in light of De Beers’ forecast availability.
About De Beers Group:
De Beers Group is a member of the Anglo American plc group. Established in 1888, De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with unrivaled expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers employs approximately 16,000 people across the diamond pipeline, and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers are committed to Living up to Diamonds by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers visit www.debeersgroup.com
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