Gekko’s Lewis-Gray receives manufacturing award


Staff reporter

Gekko Systems co-founder Elizabeth Lewis-Gray has added another gong to her growing list of honours, this time being inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame for Service to Industry.

Gekko was formed in the Australian state of Victoria in 1996.

It has become a global leader in the supply of energy-efficient, modular mineral processing plants, mainly precious metals, with about 100 employees. Ballarat-based Gekko has exported its products to more than 50 countries.

Lewis-Gray also co-founded Gaia EnviroTech, focused on environmentally sustainable solutions for organic waste and renewable bioenergy, which currently has seven staff.

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray

The Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Honour Roll Award also recognised Gekko’s work during COVID with the Ballarat medical community, Bendigo Community Bank, Committee for Ballarat, Victorian Government and global suppliers to supply a fit-for-purpose ventilator. Subsidiary, Gekko Medical, received a letter of permission from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration and was manufacturing the GeVentor ventilator only four months after the project was conceived.

Lewis-Gray has had long serving roles with Austmine, CSIRO’s Mineral Advisory Board and the Australian Government’s Innovation Australia Board. In 2015, at the invitation of the federal government, she established and chaired the METS (mining equipment, technology and services) industry growth centre, METS Ignited.

She’s also been a recipient of the Warren Centre Innovation Heroes Award, was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, and picked up a 100 Australian Women of Influence Award.

“I am passionate about Australia and Victoria being world’s best, and it’s important to me that my businesses, Gekko Systems and Gaia EnviroTech, are world’s best,” Lewis-Gray said this week.

“Clearly, it’s not one individual but the team who make these companies globally competitive.”

 

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