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Antwerp Diamond Technologies bvba

Fully Automated, Next Generation Diamond & Gemstone Cutting & Polishing Technology

About Antwerp Diamond Technologies bvba

In 2018, The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) announced that its Scientific & Technological Research Centre for Diamonds (WTOCD) had developed Ground breaking, Revolutionary, Game changing technology that fully automated the diamond polishing process and opened up the possibility of diamonds once again being polished on a large scale in Antwerp. In addition the Fenix Beta machine can cut just as fast and just as perfectly Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies . 

Antwerp Diamond Technologies bvba (ADT) owns and has in production for cutting of Diamonds the very first FENIX Beta machine, a fully automated technology, which has been 10 years in development, enabling any type of diamond to be polished upto 20 times faster than the current manual system. A stone, that would typically consume an entire day in processing can now be polished in one and a half hours. AWDC Chief Executive Ari Epstein commented, “This discovery fundamentally changes the diamond polishing process. Today’s wages simply make it too expensive to conduct this labour-intensive job in our country. FENIX puts an end to this, and can therefore be a real game-changer for the Antwerp diamond industry.” In addition to being fast, FENIX is also extremely accurate and revolutionary in the way it polishes diamonds, the AWDC has said. Yves Kerremans, CEO of the WTOCD observed, “Each diamond has a specific grain, a crystal orientation that has to be taken into account during the polishing process. This grain is in part the reason that diamond polishing is such a labour-intensive process. FENIX is the first technology that makes grain independent polishing possible."

ADT are based in the heart of the Antwerp diamond district. Fenix can cut the biggest and best diamonds in the World due to the extreme accuracy, speed and grain independent technology employed inside it and within the safety of Antwerp Diamond District. This results in cost reductions and reduces significantly the time it takes to put final polished stones on the market. The Fenix Beta Machine is so revolutionary it has also been used to cut and polish large Gem quality Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires. The Fenix Beta machine has no parallel in the market today and is a Game Changer for the Antwerp Diamond Sector.

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The FENIX Beta - The Worlds First Fully Automated Diamond & Gemstone Cutting and polishing machine.

The Fenix Beta cuts Diamonds and Gems upto 20 times faster with machine accuracy and efficiency

Machine Accuracy 24/7

The Fenix Beta cuts diamonds with machine accuracy allowing for every diamond if required by the Client to be cut as a triple Excellent whereby the Cut, Polish and Symmetry would be considered ideal.

The Fenix can cut and polish 24 hours a day 7 days a week without the need for rest with cutting accuracy that only a machine can achieve.

Revolutionary Cutting Speed for Any type of Diamond.

The Fenix Beta cuts Diamonds and other Gems faster then any other process on the planet with unrivalled accuracy taking into account any diamond grain, stress or  defect. This allows for the best and most valuable rough to be cut in a manner that prevents human error and allows for a stone of any cut fancy or Round to be made with complete peace of mind within Antwerp Diamond District and delivered at a fraction of the normal time it can take for large stones to be cut and polished.

Peace of Mind for Complex, Difficult Rough

The Fenix Beta is revolutionary and provides peace of mind as it is 'Grain independent'. A diamond formed in nature has specific grain or growth orientation of the crystals. Working according to the grain is an intensive and time consuming process; removing the need to take the grain into consideration when polishing eliminates a great amount of time and risk right from the start of the process of Cutting. This allows the Fenix Beta to cut the most complex and difficult stones.

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The ADT Founder

Pol Van Der Steen


Paul Van Der Steen, 62, is an independent technology expert and consultant to the Belgian diamond industry as well as a Businessman. He holds a Master's degree in Chemical engineering from the University of Antwerp.

He started his career in 1975 as technical manager of the Diamond Grading Department of the Hoge Raad voor Diamant, HRD.

In 1987, he was a founding partner in Diamcad, a pioneer in precision polishing of high quality/high value diamonds. Ten years later, he consequently founded Diamscan, a developer of optimization algorithms for diamond manufacturing and in 2006 established Matrix Diamond Technology, a high-end manufacturing technology developer.
Currently Van Der Steen owns and heads Antwerp Diamond Technologies bvba and is its CEO and co-founder: 

Van Der Steen is Chairman of the board of WTOCD, (Wetenschappelijk en Technisch Onderzoekscentrum voor Diamant), the Scientific and Technical Research center for Diamonds. He was and is involved in countless research and diamond technology development Projects and has authored a variety of training courses, books and manuals for diamond manufacturing and gemological training.

Van Der Steen feels strongly about the next evolution of Diamond Cutting and Polishing Technology within Fenix and its importance in giving Antwerp once again the ability to lead the world in Diamond Cutting and Polishing.

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The Fenix Beta cuts mainly diamonds but on request we can accomodate the cutting and polishing of exceptional Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires.



Antwerp Diamond Technologies bvba

2 Hoveniersstraat

Office 130, Bus 340
Antwerpen, 2018

Tel: +32 475873004

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