The Edinburgh Assay Office is celebrating its first full year of operating a sub office at Heathrow Airport.
The Hallmarking in Transit (HIT) service, which launched in January last year, was developed to streamline the supply chain for gold and gem set importers.
It allows importers of precious metal jewellery from outside Europe to have all of their goods tested and marked in one secure location, as opposed to dealing with assay offices in each country of transportation.
Over the last 12 months, the assay office said the service has seen “significant” changes to its service, including an increase in capacity and the extension of its European coverage.
The company said the workforce has increased by 60% and the facility has seen the addition of three new state-of-the-art laser marking machines in an effort to treble capacity. In September, the sub office also launched a diamond certification service.
Scott Walter, CEO, said: “In the year since opening our Heathrow facility we have made many additions to Hallmarking In Transit, as a service as we continue to adapt to meet the needs of a rapidly changing jewellery industry.”
He added: “The successful completion of our application to have our hallmarks recognised by Spanish authorities was a great result for both us and our customers, affirming our commitment to offering a complete European hallmarking solution that streamlines the supply chain.
“We further streamlined the process when we added Diamond Certification, provided by SGL and look forward to continuing to evolve the service in 2016 to meet our customers’ hallmarking requirements.”