New Gold Mining Division established in Cork to support small scale gold miners worldwide

Minelab, the global leader in gold detection technology and hand-held metal detector devices has announced the establishment of a Gold Mining division at its European Headquarters in Little Island, Cork.  The Gold Mining division will support artisanal small scale gold miners and prospectors around the world. 

Minelab’s Irish operation was established in 1998 and currently employs 22 people in Cork.  The Gold Mining division will create 3 additional jobs in business development and marketing at the company’s Cork base.  Minelab has made a multi-million euro investment in establishing its Gold Mining division and is embarking on a global marketing campaign targeting Africa, Australasia, Central and Latin America and the U.S.


Tim Morgan, business development manager, Africa; Sheila Kelleher, general manager gold mining marketing, EMEA; and Sonya Towler, marketing manager, EMEA

Minelab’s is an Australian company whose head office is located in Adelaide.  It has regional headquarters in Cork and Illinois (U.S.) and the company’s metal detector devices are available in 160 countries around the world.

The Minelab Gold Mining division will support prospectors such as the individual who recently discovered a 5.5kg gold nugget in Ballarat, Australia at 60cms depth using a Minelab GPX 5000 hand-held gold detector.  The Ballarat nugget was valued in excess of US$300,000.

Minelab launched its first hand-held gold detector in Australia in 1985 and over the past 27 years has been at the forefront of metal detector design and innovation.  Minelab’s new Gold Mining division will provide dedicated support to the worldwide small scale gold mining market and its communities.

Sheila Kelleher, General Manager of Minelab’s Gold Mining Division, commented, “The new Gold Mining division consists of a specialised portfolio of products, accessories and support services which include on and off field training so that we can provide expert advice on the best use of Minelab’s gold detectors so that miners can produce results in the toughest of mineralized soil conditions, in a cost effective way and with minimal disruption to the environment.

In areas where traditional subsistence mining has taken place for generations, Minelab has introduced cutting edge technology and provided training and support to enable these communities to transform their gold mining activities and their lives for the better. Across the globe Minelab’s technology is making a difference to artisanal small scale gold miners by increasing efficiency, productivity and safety.

We are very excited about our new Gold Mining division and believe that with our dedicated products and training programmes, safe, effective and profitable gold mining is only a step away for any serious prospector.”