The Hon. Josh Frydenberg, Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia visited Gekko’s head office in Ballarat yesterday. Accompanied by local Liberal candidate Sarah Wade, Mr. Frydenberg met with Gekko’s founders Sandy and Elizabeth Lewis-Gray to develop a better understanding of how the Australian METS industry can add value to the Australian economy, jobs and also to improving productivity in the Australian mining industry.
The Minister was fascinated to hear about Gekko’s $80m gold processing plant order, currently being packed into 200 containers and shipped to the Arctic circle in Canada out of Geelong Port by end of June 2016. Advanced manufacturing is alive and well in the Australian METS industry where knowledge and smarts create STEM jobs and an economic future.
In March 2015, Chairman and Managing Director of Gekko Systems, Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, was appointed Chair of the Australian Federal Government’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Growth Centre – METS Ignited Australia Ltd.
The METS Ignited’s mission is to drive the Australian METS industry to become a trusted partner of the global mining industry, helping to facilitate the industry’s adoption of cutting edge technology and practices. This initiative is part of the Australian Government’s industry policy direction to lift competitiveness and productivity by focusing on areas of competitive strength.
For more information on METS Ignited, visit www.metsignited.org