02 Jul 2013 - 12:00
In an exclusive interview with Rapaport Magazine, Maksim Shkadov, director general of Kristall Smolensk, discusses the firm and the diamond industry.
The manufacturer Kristall, based in the old city of Smolensk, is the largest Russian manufacturer and exporter of polished diamonds. The company, which marks its fiftieth anniversary in 2013, is the embodiment of Russian manufacturing and quality. Yet, with the diamond market going through turbulent times, the company has to work hard not to lose its standing. Its Director General Maksim Shkadov, who is also the president of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), talked to Rapaport Magazine about the challenges the industry is facing.