Introducing traceability in the tin supply chain

In many politically unstable areas, workers are forced to work in mines to source minerals, such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. These conflict minerals can be used in all kind of products, such as the electronic devices we use every day.

To stop the use of these conflict minerals transparency and traceability in the supply chain is needed. This is where ITRI comes in.

ITRI uses ChainPoint software to track and trace tin from mines, processors, traders and smelters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.

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Using technology to gain transparency

ITRI uses ChainPoint software to trace tin in every step of the supply chain. This means that batches of tin can be tagged with a specific code that is unique for that batch and shipment. With a very detailed logging system, users at the end of the supply chain can see for each bag of tin where it was mined, processed, traded and smelted. This data can be presented in multiple ways, like maps, charts and graphs.

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Using customized software in the tin industry

The software that ITRI uses on day-to-day basis is built on ChainPoint technology and is customized to the specific needs for ITRI. The following solutions are used:

  • Data collection along the mineral supply chain
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Traceability, from mine to exporter
  • Multitenancy, multi language and advanced authorization

Click here to read more about our solutions.

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About ITRI

ITRI is a not for profit membership organisation that represents the tin industry worldwide. It is supported by the world’s most important tin producers and smelters. The principal aim for ITRI is to support and encourage the use of tin in existing and new applications. By acting with influence and providing information it is promoting a positive image of tin. ITRI was founded in YYYY and has offices in the UK and China. For more information please visit