Australian iPod, iPad and iPhone accessory maker Gecko Gear announces attendance at CES 2011.

Macworld Australia Staff
20 October, 2010
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Melbourne, Australia, 20 October 2010: Gecko Gear, the Australian owned designer and manufacturer of accessories for iPod, iPad and iPhone, today announced its attendance at The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2011.

The Melbourne, Australia, based company will be exhibiting its products during the CES event and will be located at booth number 5825. This will be the second consecutive year Gecko Gear has attended CES as exhibitor following the success of its stand at the 2010 show.

“We’re very excited about exhibiting at CES again,” said Craig Raymond, General Manager, Gecko Gear. “Our stand at the 2010 CES showed tens of thousands of people from across the world that Gecko Gear is a great brand with great products, and that we’re here to stay.”

Gecko Gear was formed in 2006 with an aim to provide innovative, locally designed products for the Australian market. It has since grown to become a leading accessory brand in Australia, with its distinctive green packaging standing out on the shelves of major retailers across the country. But the popularity of Gecko Gear products hasn’t stopped at Australian borders; the brand is now distributed across Europe, North and South America, India, the Middle East, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and other parts of Asia.

“As a result of exhibiting at CES in 2010 we established new distribution partnerships across the world,” said Raymond. “We’re confident that in 2011 we’ll again see new relationships formed.”

Gecko Gear is proud of its success as a home-grown, Australian brand with top quality, popular products, and embraces the challenges presented in the global market.

“You might say we’re the Aussie underdogs,” said Raymond. “But after four years we’ve proven we can design and produce products to compete on the world stage.”

In Australia the brand is distributed by Powermove Distribution.

For more information about Gecko Gear and its products visit

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