TheTradeNet was set up in 2009 by commodity trading and IT industry professionals.
Direct personal experience over the years in a number of commodity markets highlighted an interesting challenge; ‘social networking’ online is now a massive global phenomenon, yet industrial and commercial ‘networking’ is years behind despite the clear opportunity.
Supported by some big names in the industry TheTradeNet jumped on the opportunity to explore this new frontier. The challenge of creating a collaborative tool that brings together the people, the assets and the trade flows into one place was irresistible. Methanol was chosen as the first market due to its relatively modest size and simplicity, and thanks to the overwhelming support from the far-sighted industry participants.
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