Canann Inc (NASDAQ:CAN), one of the world’s largest manufacturer’s of crypto mining machines, said it has set up a base of operations in Kazakhstan as the firm looked to shift its operations out of China following a crackdown on digital currencies in the country.
On Wednesday, the company said it is also setting up its own Bitcoin mining operation in a bid to diversify away from its sole revenue stream of selling mining rigs, where demand has slipped due to the recent downturn in crypto markets.
The Chinese firm is mostly known for selling vast numbers of ASIC mining machines, which operate by solving the complex mathematical equations needed to validate transactions on blockchain networks. Solving these equations results in rewards in the blockchain’s native cryptocurrency, with Bitcoin being the most popular.
Canaan is not the first company to shift its operations out of China and into Central Asia, with BIT Mining (NYSE:BTCM) announcing on Tuesday that it has moved 320 mining machines out of China into Kazakhstan and expects to deliver another 2,600 before the start of July.
The exodus of Chinese crypto firms out of the country follows moves by provincial authorities to restrict mining operations within their boundaries, with officials in Sichuan province, one of the biggest hydro-based crypto mining hubs in China, becoming the latest provincial authority to ban the practice last Friday, similar action has been taken by other Chinese provinces including Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Qinghai and Yunnan.
The screws tightened further this week when The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) ordered all major financial bodies to stop facilitating transactions in digital currency.
In a statement on Monday, the PBOC said banks must not provide products and services such as trading and settlement for cryptocurrency transactions, adding that institutions should also cut off payment links with crypto exchanges and over-the-counter dealers.
China’s crackdown has caused havoc in the crypto markets amid fears regulation could increase across the world.
However, things seemed more upbeat in late morning trading in London on Wednesday, with Bitcoin rising 7.3% in the last 24 hours to US$34,120 while Ethereum climbed 6.1% to US$2,003. Meme-inspired crypto Dogecoin was also in the ascendency, bounding 14.4% higher to US$0.22.