De Beers’ business opens Oxfordshire site after work with UKT&I.
Element Six, De Beers’ Group synthetic diamond company, has opened a brand new £20 million research and development centre in the UK.
The new building in Harwell, Oxfordshire, will make synthetic diamonds for use in industry cutting tools as well as electronics and lasers. It will help to steamline Element Six’s working process by housing a number of its operations under one roof.
The space was opened by the science minister David Willetts who described it as "a significant vote of confidence in Britain’s advanced manufacturing sector".
Element Six will employ about 100 staff members at the site, which is said to be the world’s largest synthetic diamond R&D centre. It adds to Element Six’s global manufactory presence, with centres already existing in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and the US, among others.
The synthetic diamonds produced by the firm will be used for industrial rather than jewellery purposes, typically electronics and oil and gas drilling equipment.
UK Trade & Investment has worked closely with Element Six on the positioning of the site in the UK with a view to providing investment in the local area.
Element Six is a member of the De Beers Group of Companies, its majority shareholder. It describes itself as a global leader in the design, development and production of synthetic diamond supermaterials,