THE GOLD AND JEWELLERY INDUSTRY IN PENANG / MALAYSIA
Penang's Heritage Skillful Goldsmiths
The gold & jewellery industry started in Penang more than 100 years ago. There are about 300 registered gold and jewellery companies operating in Penang. Majority of them are Chinese who operate their business on small to medium sized scale as manufacturers, exporters, wholesale and retail of gold jewelleries and solid gold metal.
The gold jewellery industry need to be constantly updated with latest
production techniques and designs in order to compete among top
fabricators of gold and jewellery in the world. Traditional methods of
piece by piece production is almost completely phased out and replaced
by mass production output from advanced technology machineries.
But it was also very sad to note that the older generation of goldsmiths who lacked design creativity and machining skills lost their jobs due to innovative mass production. They already reached the age when they were too old to be qualified for advanced training courses. Innovation is required for survival in this competitive industry, but at the cost of losing traditional handcrafted jewelleries.
Innovative goldsmith skills will continue to uphold Penang's reputation as possessing one of the finest gold and jewellery craftsmanship in the world and ensure that the century old traditional trade in gold craftsmanship can continue to enjoy longevity and growth.
Oeding-Erdel ( OE ) ' factory tour to get an insight into the
fine art of jewellery creation. OE is located in the industrial
zone of Penang, in the south, about 20 minutes drive from Georgetown.