Parliament House Reception

Tue 3 Dec 2013

The Federal Minister for Sport and other Federal parliamentarians have welcomed the ORICA-GreenEDGE and ORICA-AIS professional road cycling teams at a reception at Parliament House in Canberra and congratulated them on their achievements during the 2013 racing season.

The women’s team, Orica-AIS, finished the season ranked number one in the world. At the 2013 Tour de France, the men’s team, ORICA-GreenEDGE, held the yellow jersey over four consecutive days, including the team time trial and a stage victory by Australia’s Simon Gerrans.

Orica sponsors the Australian men's and women's teams on the prestigious international professional road cycling circuit, bringing together organisations that share an Australian DNA and are competing successfully on the global stage. Since their inception just two years ago the two teams have claimed more than 100 victories.

Orica’s Executive Global Head Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility, Gavin Jackman, said the strategic partnership with the teams is closely aligned to Orica’s global footprint which includes operations in over 50 countries and customers in more than 100 countries.

“ORICA-GreenEDGE and ORICA-AIS provide a platform to relate with customers around the world and with the communities that host Orica’s operations. We also share common values, including a drive to succeed through collaboration wherever we compete,” Mr Jackman said.

GreenEDGE Cycling owner, Gerry Ryan OAM, said: “We’re proud to be acknowledged in this context and the achievements of both our teams this year is a strong statement of the great progress and direction of professional cycling right now. We have a really integrated partnership with Orica with whom we share some of the values most important to the team”.

Orica is the largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining and infrastructure markets and a leader in the provision of ground support for mining and tunnelling. Orica is also the largest supplier of chemical products to mining, water treatment and other industrial, food and cosmetic markets in Australia and New Zealand.