The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will open the first of its new GIA Laboratory Service Centers in Hong Kong on March 8, 2007 with a special VIP grand opening reception, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and open house.
Thomas M. Moses, senior vice president of GIA Research and Laboratory, will host the event. Other participants will be Sheryl Cashmore, manager of the new Laboratory Service Center; Ken Scarratt, director of research at GIA Laboratory Bangkok; and invited VIP guests, including laboratory clients, GIA alumni, and the media.
"The purpose of the new Laboratory Service Centers is to bring the Institute's Laboratory services closer to customers throughout the world," said Moses. "Expanding the number of take-in centers and making GIA services more easily accessible should help reduce overall shipping and turn-around times for customers."
According to Moses, the GIA Laboratory Service Centers will complement the GIA LabDirect consolidator network the Institute announced in August 2006.
"Our clients in Hong Kong will have easy, convenient access to our services and can both submit and pick up their items locally. They will pay the same fees as all GIA Laboratory clients, and will work with a GIA staff that is bilingual in English and Chinese."
Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and the ribbon-cutting will take place promptly at 11:00 a.m. when local tradition holds that timing to be the most auspicious. The event will end at 2:00 p.m.
The Laboratory Service Center in Hong Kong is in the same building as the GIA Hong Kong international school which opened in 1994. The GIA Laboratory Service Center is located at Room 1203, 12/F, Aon China Building, 29 Queen's Road, Central Hong Kong.