China’s mining giant Bitmain has entered a new partnership to streamline its operations in North America.
As Bitmain officially announced on Sept. 10, the company has officially partnered with Foundry, a wholly-owned crypto mining subsidiary of major cryptocurrency firm, Digital Currency Group, or DCG. Within the partnership, Foundry will provide financing to Bitmain’s end customers in North America.
According to Bitmain, obtaining financing is more difficult for crypto miners than for firms in other industries. Foundry, in its turn, will help “ship a significant number of machines into North America this year,” according to Su Ke, the global sales and marketing director of Antminer at Bitmain.
The announcement comes shortly after DCG officially introduced Foundry in late August 2020. Formed in 2019, Foundry offers institutional expertise, capital, and market intelligence to crypto miners and manufacturers. According to Bitmain, Foundry has emerged as “one of the largest Bitcoin miners in North America” and helped to procure “almost half of the Bitcoin mining” in the region in 2020.
Bitmain has been collaborating with the company “for some time,” a Bitmain representative said. According to the firm, Foundry’s efforts not only “breaks down barriers to entry and growth for mining businesses,” but also “strengthens the overall mining ecosystem.”