Nornickel Starts Trial of Tokenized Metal Trading Platform
Russian smelter Nornickel has begun trialing it metal trading platform developed using blockchain technology.
The miner started testing its platform for tokenized metal trading in partnership with Trafigura Group, which trades in physical commodities, Traxys SA, a logistics firm, and Umicore SA, materials technology and recycling group.
In particular, the platform has been structured to facilitate customers to buy metals in the form of digital tokens and then exchange them for physical supplies.
Regarding the launch of trading platform, Nornickel CEO Vladimir Potanin stated that the company is “imply packing existing business links into a new and modern form.” Nornickel supposedly aims to increase their share in tokens based trading of metals to 20% in the forthcoming years.
The launch of blockchain based platform facilitating tokenized metal trading has gone as per schedule. Andrey Bugrov, Vice-president of Nornickel, earlier stated that the company anticipated introducing the product to the market by the end of this year, and also starting token trading.
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