Every day expat Wim Leon E. Geyselings – from the city of Antwerp in Belgium, the diamond capital of the world – is involved with one of the hardest and most expensive substances known to men.
He founded the Xi'an Longhui Diamond Processing Co in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, in 2012 and today it's going from strength to strength.
The company is engaged in polishing and cutting – the intermediate link in diamond mining and production. It receives orders from overseas and then polishes and cuts the rough stones, before returning the finished product to customers to earn processing fees.
As a leading player in the industry, he has been commended by the local government many times. The Belgian has even won the Xi'an Outstanding Foreign Expert Award, has been rated as an Excellent Craftsman in the Xi'an Economic and Technological Development Zone and has obtained a Chinese green card.
Over the past 11 years, the company's number of employees has grown from 20 to more than 110 now. Following his example, the employees constantly try to improve their processing technology and the company's orders now cover America, Europe and Africa.
This explains why Geyselings says he is full of confidence about Xi'an and the future.