Cobalt Blockchain Inc. (TSXV:COBC) and DLT Labs Inc. (“DLT”) are pleased to announce that they have finalized their joint venture (“JV”) agreement to commercialize MintraxTM, a fully-functional blockchain platform providing secure and transparent methods for tracking the provenance of metals and minerals through the entire mining supply chain from source to end-user.
Mintrax is the first enterprise-grade blockchain platform built from the ground up to ensure compliance with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) due diligence framework for the provenance of ethically-sourced minerals. The transactional flow of Mintrax is based on COBC’s operational experience trading certified-conflict-free metals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) and work with due diligence program design firm BetterChain, as well as DLT’s deep-bench supply chain and logistics experience with IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric blockchain.
“Cobalt Blockchain is excited to be working together with DLT Labs on what we believe will lead to a transformational shift in our industry,” said Lance Hooper, President and Chief Operating Officer at COBC. Hooper added, “Our aim is for the Mintrax blockchain platform to be the benchmark in automated trust, assuring security, transparency and immutability of the certification record for ethically-sourced minerals.”
“Consumers around the world demand secure and transparent methods for tracking and certifying responsible manufacturing,” said Loudon Owen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DLT Labs. Owen added, “Organizations are not just experiencing digital transformation, they are also achieving ethical transformation. Unquestionably ethical supply chains are not just the right path, they are the only path.”
Patrick Mutwale, Managing Director at DLT Labs, is project lead for the Mintrax development initiative. This successful product launch builds on a wide range of expert contributions, including DLT’s international blockchain logistics asset tracking practice and COBC’s mineral operations, with oversight from Dr. Samuel Peralta and Lance Hooper of COBC, and the work of Africa-based entrepreneur Imran Patel.
COBC intends to provide conflict-free cobalt to address burgeoning demand for advanced batteries in smartphones and electric vehicles and is gearing up to begin cobalt trading early in the fourth quarter of 2018. COBC holds export trading licenses for cobalt, copper, and 3T metals (tin, tantalum, tungsten) from the DRC.
While the new platform is being implemented first for cobalt, it is designed for companies trading in all base and precious minerals, including for 3T metals, diamonds and gold.