Our Story


Minelab is the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs. Through our dedication to research & development and innovative design, Minelab is the major world manufacturer of hand held metal detector products. Over the past 30 years, Minelab has introduced more innovative and practical technology than any of our competitors and has taken the metal detecting industry to new levels of excellence. Minelab's technology innovations are led by physicist Bruce Candy. 

With manufacturing, distribution and customer service operations across Australia, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas you are always safe in the knowledge that customer care is close at hand. Minelab’s worldwide network of Authorised Dealers are able to give you the most up-to-date knowledge in products and techniques that will help you to improve your success rate in the field. Minelab is an ISO 9001 Quality Endorsed Company. ISO 9001 is a worldwide quality standard certification that ensures continuous improvement is maintained in order to provide the highest level of product quality for our customers. 

In 2008 Minelab became a member of the dynamic Codan Group of Companies. Our parent company, Codan Limited, is an international leader in high frequency radio  markets with customers in over 150 countries. In 2009, Codan celebrated its commemorative year, marking 50 years of Codan communication equipment.

In 2015 we opened our Dubai regional office to better meet the needs of artisanal small scale gold miners in Africa. Read more about our approach to Gold Mining here.

At Minelab, We Change People's Fortunes by creating the world's best metal detectors.

Codan Group’s Manufacturing Service Provider

Since December 2009, the Codan Group’s manufacturing service provider, Plexus Corp, a US company, situated in Penang, Malaysia has been responsible for the majority of Minelab’s worldwide metal detector production.  Minelab is proud of its association with its outsource partner in Malaysia.  Genuine Minelab metal detectors are exclusively manufactured by Minelab in Australia and by Plexus Corp, USA in the Malaysian facility. 



2015-Present Towards A Promising Future

2010-2014 The Global Gold Rush

  • Manufacturing expansion with selected production contracted to Plexus, Inc. (2010)
  • Hugh Graham (General Manager, Countermine) awarded "Gold Medal for National Construction Grand Cross" (2010)
  • Record GPX Series detector sales in Africa
  • CTX 3030 launched - the ultimate treasure detector (2012)
  • PRO-FIND 25 pinpointer launched (2012)
  • SDC 2300 launched - compact waterproof gold detector (2014)

2005-2009 Big Changes

Minelab X-TERRA Series metal detectors
  • Acquisition of Parketronics (2005)
  • AusIndustry Award in recognition of commitment to business excellence and in particular for innovation in the development of metal sensing technology (2005)
  • X-TERRA Series launched (2005)
  • AusIndustry Award in recognition of commitment to business excellence and in particular the company's ongoing commitment to business and technical excellence in the invention, development, manufacture, marketing and distribution of innovative metal detection technology (2006)
  • GPX Series launched (2006)
  • Recognised Supplier of Strategic Capabilities for Australian Department of Defence (2007)
  • L-3 Communications CyTerra Corp and United States Army in recognition of 5000th AN/PSS14 Mine Detecting Set (2007)
  • Codan acquires Minelab (2008)
  • Winner - Engineering Excellence Award for SETA technology used in GPX-4500 (2008)
  • Finalist - Engineering Excellence Award for Array metal detector development (2009)

2000-2004 Onwards And Upwards

Minelab GP extreme metal detector
  • Electronics Industry Association "Gold Cup for Excellence in Innovation & Commercialisation" (2000)
  • City of West Torrens Business Award for outstanding contribution towards the Economic Development of the City of West Torrens (2000)
  • Design Institute of Australia - Design Citation for Explorer Metal Detector (2000)
  • GP Series launched (2000)
  • Finalist - SA CIMB Innovation Award category - innovator of the year (2002)
  • Recognised Supplier for Australian Department of Defence (2002)
  • F3 mine detectors launched (2002)
  • Array mine detectors developed (2002)
  • Torrensville site extensions completed (2003)

1995-1999 Going Global

  • SD Series detectors launched (1995)
  • Australia Post, Australia Day Council Business Award (1996)
  • Headquarters moved to Torrensville, South Australia (1997)
  • Countermine division created (1997)
  • F1A4 mine detectors launched (1997)
  • Certificate ISO 9001 (1997)
  • Minelab International established in Ireland (1998)
  • Minelab USA established in the U.S. (1998)
  • AusIndustry Innovation Prize (1998)
  • National Winner IBM Business Owner  Award (1998)
  • Telstra and Australian Governments' Australian Small Business of the Year Award (1998)
  • Explorer Series launched (1999)

1990-1994 A Growing Business

  • Sovereign Series launched (1991)
  • Excalibur Series launched - Minelab's first underwater metal detector (1993)
  • Headquarters moved to Rose Park, South Australia (1994)

1985-1989 Early Beginnings

Minelab Goldseekers 15000 metal detector
  • Goldseekers 15000 launched - Minelab's first metal detector (1985)
  • GT 16000 launched - world’s first truly automatic ground-tracking metal detector (1987)
  • Eureka Dual Ace launched – world’s first two frequency detector? (1989)

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