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Major conference to attract mining heavyweights

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Ballarat-based company Gekko Systems (Gekko) is a strong example of Victoria’s mining services sector creating and supporting jobs right across the state.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan today visited Gekko to announce that the upcoming International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), to be held in Melbourne during September, had secured 120 guest speakers.

Mr Ryan said the speakers represented a cross section of national and global mining industry leaders and experts, including Nev Power from Fortescue Metals Group, Ian Smith from Orica, Terry Burgess from Oz Minerals, Carlos Santa Cruz from Newmont Mining, Andrew Michelmore from MMG, and Tony Cudmore from BHP Billiton.

“This major conference will focus the world’s attention on Melbourne and Victoria as a leading hub for mining and mining services and will also highlight Victoria’s world class resource deposits such as brown coal, gas and mineral sands,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said Gekko was a great example of a regionally-based business which had grown to become a global leader.
“Gekko was started by husband and wife team Sandy Gray and Elizabeth Lewis-Gray in Avoca in 1996, initially producing InLine Pressure Jigs for gravity separation,” Mr Ryan said.

“Over the past 18 years, Gekko has grown to become a global company, with headquarters in Ballarat and sales offices in Perth, Canada, South Africa and Chile.

“Gekko Systems is now recognised as a world leader in gravity separation and recovery of gold and other high-value minerals such as silver, coal and gemstones.

“The mining industry relies on Gekko products to improve productivity and save on energy costs at mining sites.”
Mr Ryan said assisting businesses such as Gekko to become industry leaders by gaining access to global supply chains was a key reason behind the Victorian Coalition Government’s efforts to promote the mining and mining services industries in Victoria.

“By hosting events such as IMARC, which attracts hundreds of the industry’s biggest decision makers, we are saying to the world that Victoria, and our local mining and mining services industries, is open for business and the best in the world at what we do,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition Government wants to see more companies like Gekko competing on the world stage and showcasing Victorian excellence in mining equipment, technology and services.”

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