Our Story

To the treasure hunter, the gold prospector, the protector: We know your quest. 

Minelab detectors are engineered for discovery. In fact, our R&D team is 50 engineers strong. That’s what makes our hand-held metal detection technology the best in the world. It has been for 35 years. We don’t plan to surrender that title anytime soon.

We welcome the challenge of ‘difficult’ terrain. Magnetic minerals, iron-rich soil and deep water are no match for our innovation. You will see deeper with a Minelab detector than any other on the market. 

Minelab’s dealer network and operations span the globe: Australia, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Our dealers are adventurers, hunters and prospectors just like you. No matter where you detect, they are ready to answer questions, suggest sites and celebrate your successes.  

Every product that bears the Minelab badge is built rugged and precise. We’re ISO 9001 Certified and we manufacture to military-grade standards. It’s why military forces around the world trust our detectors to locate life-threatening landmines. Miners in Africa make life-changing gold discoveries with our detectors. And treasure hunters worldwide use our detectors to unearth history, from rare relics to ancient coin hoards. We know your quest and our detectors are precisely engineered to find the fortune you seek.  

With Minelab, you’ll find performance is everything. 

Minelab is a division of Codan Limited, an international leader in innovative technology solutions with customers in over 150 countries. 


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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