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TradeWaltz and MineHub announce collaboration toward full electronic trade in the metal resources industry ~Conducted collaboration PoC utilizing Sumitomo Corporation’s Copper Ore Import~

TradeWaltz and MineHub announce collaboration toward full electronic trade in the metal resources industry ~Conducted collaboration PoC utilizing Sumitomo Corporation’s Copper Ore Import~

TradeWaltz Inc.
MineHub Technologies Inc.

 TradeWaltz Inc and MineHub Technologies Inc. are pleased to announce the commencement of collaboration towards system linkage between TradeWaltz®, a trade information collaboration platform, and MineHub, a platform for digitizing the supply chain.
 As the first step of the collaboration, a proof of concept (PoC) was conducted on March 23, using a Sumitomo Corporation copper ore import transaction. The results suggest up to a 60% improvement in business efficiency. The results were reported at the Digital Trade Conference hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce UK on April 7.

Metal resources support our daily lives

 Although metal resources do not seem very familiar to us, many of our lives are supported by them. The wires that supply electricity to our cell phones and electric lights we use every day are made of copper, the houses we live in and the cars we drive are made of iron, and many of our daily necessities are made of aluminum and other metals.
 Japan, a country with limited resources, is unable to mine most of these raw “metal resources” and must rely on imports from resource-rich countries. If import trade procedures and logistics are disrupted in the future, daily life will be gradually affected.

■ Analog issues facing trade

 As mentioned in many media outlets, most intercompany and government trade procedures are now carried out via analog means, such as using paper documents and emails with PDFs. As a result, many problems have arisen such as inefficiencies due to the repeated need to replace paper documents with data in the company’s system, inability to work remote even during these Corona times, and the lack of real-time logistics and inventory information, which makes it difficult to recover when logistics are disrupted due to conflicts or pandemics. With Japan’s declining birthrate and aging population making it increasingly difficult to secure a full work force, it is necessary to promote digitization and streamlining of trade procedures.

■Trade digitization being promoted around the world to maintain our lives

 To solve this issue, in Japan a consortium of representatives of trade practitioners has been working with the government to build TradeWaltz, a cross-industry trade information collaboration platform. Utilizing blockchain technology, TradeWaltz Inc have fully digitized trade procedures in Japan under a high level of security, demonstrating a 44-60% increase in operational efficiency.
 While this has been happening, an international supply chain digitization platform “MineHub”, is becoming more widely used, and has been shown to reduce the time required for document processing, which accounts for about 30% of total processes.
 While both of these initiatives are effective on their own, further business efficiency gains can be expected when both platforms are connected and data can be linked. Therefore, TradeWaltz and MineHub planned and conducted a “collaboration PoC” on March 23 to see how business efficiency can be improved when customers use both platforms together. The PoC focused on the import trade of copper, which we use every day and which connects us to the electricity we are all familiar with.

■Sumitomo Corporation, one of biggest trader in Japan, cooperates in the demonstration.

 Sumitomo Corporation is engaged in importing copper ore from Chile and other producing countries. We, TradeWaltz and MineHub, have examined to what extent the traditional Sumitomo Corporation’s copper import transactions can be made more efficient through collaboration between the two platforms.
 As a result, when the trade data created in the resource producing country is linked from MineHub to TradeWaltz, confirmed by Sumitomo Corporation, and logistics arrangements are made, the business efficiency can be improved by 60% compared to the time required using conventional methods.

■Presented at ICC’s International Conference

Since trade cannot be conducted by a single country, the importance of interoperability between trade platforms that are being established by each country and industry is becoming increasingly clear.
This demonstration was recognized as a good example, and we were given the opportunity to present our case study at the Digital Trade Conference organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) UK on April 7.

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[Comments from officials]

Satoru Someya, Managing Director, Head of CEO’s Office and Head of Global & Alliance business department

“We would like to express our gratitude to Sumitomo Corporation and MineHub for their cooperation in this collaboration PoC. Although this was just a demonstration test, we will continue to deepen discussions with companies that promote resource trading, finalize the data to be linked between the two platforms, and work closely with MineHub so that the data can be used in actual trading.

Michael Long, Japan market development, MineHub Technologies Inc.

This is an exciting moment for MineHub and an important step in the digitization of trade in and out of Japan. This collaboration is a perfect example of why interoperability and neutrality are key fundamental features of the MineHub platform. Thanks to the Sumitomo team and TradeWaltz for helping us make this happen.”

■About TradeWaltz Inc

TradeWaltz Inc is a DX startup that transforms paper-based, analog trade in Japan and Asia into fully electronic, blockchain-based trade. An all-Japan trade consortium consisting of NTT Data and 18 major trade practitioners developed the service after about 4 years of system development, technology demonstration, legal reform proposals, and business conception. The company is invested and operated by 10 major companies including NTT DATA Corporation, UTokyo Innovation Platform Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, TW Link Corporation(Joint Venture of Kanematsu Corporation), Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., Mitsui-Soko Holdings Co., Ltd., Nissin Corporation, MUFG Bank, Ltd. and Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.

■About MineHub Technologies Inc.

MineHub is an open, enterprise grade platform for digital trade, bringing efficiency, transparency and resilience to mining and metals supply chains. MineHub connects the many parties involved in a physical commodity transaction in a digitally integrated workflow, operating on the basis of shared information.
(Note) “TradeWaltz” is a registered trademark of TradeWaltz Inc in Japan. Other product names, company names and organization names are All trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For inquiries regarding this matter, please contact
MineHub: Michael Long, Japan
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TradeWaltz Inc, CEO’s Office: Someya, Saito, Okamura, Nakao and Hombu



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