For those of you that missed LBMA’s Ninth Assaying and Refining Digital Conference 2021, one of the headlining sessions was undoubtedly the joint announcement by the University of Lausanne and Swiss refiner, Metalor, that they have developed a “Geoforensic Passport” – a breakthrough scientific approach that validates the origin of doré received by refineries. This project was co-funded by the Swiss Government through Innosuisse, together with Metalor Technologies.
The process allows refiners to systematically analyse the DNA of every shipment of doré, determine if its origin corresponds to its stated source, detect any inconsistencies and identify gold of dubious origin. This approach is now routinely used at Metalor to scientifically confirm the origin of the doré received at its refinery.
Highlights of LBMA's Ninth Assaying & Refining Digital Conference 2021
A round-up session showcasing the highlights and key takeaways from the Ninth Assaying & Refining Digital Conference, moderated by LBMA’s own Neil Harby and featuring the five Refiners.
Where Did the Gold Go? Precious Metals Losses in Refineries
This presentation by Michael B Mooiman (Franklin Pierce University) highlights the variability inherent in physical inventory results and the accompanying losses or gains.
A Scientific Overview of Types of Security Features
Manfred Matzinger-Leopold (Austrian Mint) speaks about the many security features essential to ensuring the purity and authenticity of gold, which technologies are used and why, and the benefits of being able to track the movement of gold from refinery to seller.