Our team

Meet the ZEMEK management team

At ZEMEK, our people are our biggest asset. With more than 150 years of combined experience in engineering, manufacturing, operations, finance and business development, ZEMEK's management team are experts their field. With a shared vision to improve safety and service levels across the mining industry plus an unwavering commitment to quality workmanship ZEMEK is raising the bar for mining products and services.


Paul Hockings

Managing Director

Paul is a co-owner of ZEMEK and a driving force behind ZEMEK's high quality and service standards. With 40 years' experience as a business owner and manager, Paul is a specialist in business expansion and product development. Under Paul's guidance, ZEMEK has grown from a local Queensland company to a global engineering firm that supplies mining solutions worldwide. Paul has also developed the range and application of new mining products, particularly polymers. As ZEMEK's Managing Director, Paul is committed to ensuring excellence at every level of the business.

Chris Padman

Sales Manager (Polymer & Mag-Shield Products)

Chris has worked with engineering plastics for nearly 20 years, with 10 years of experience working with mining and processing equipment. He has extensive knowledge of heavy equipment and advanced engineering materials and he's an expert in optimising and troubleshooting mechanical products. Chris' technical skills are complemented by his passion for working with people in the mining industry. As Business Development Officer (Polymer Products), Chris is always expanding ZEMEK's professional network.

Tom Hockings

Engineer & Western Australia Sales

Tom has over 6 years of experience in Mechanical Engineering having previously worked for a Global Engineering Consulting Firm, holding a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours). Tom is responsible for working closely with our Western Australian clients maintaining and developing strong long-lasting customer relationships. Tom enjoys working with customers to provide insightful technical expertise solutions according to individual customer needs.  Tom's extensive technical and engineering capabilities are now available as a company resource to assist all ZEMEK staff with problem-solving customer needs nationally.

Ray Kemp

Operations Executive

Since commencing with ZEMEK in 2009, Ray has become a key player in ZEMEK's management team from Warehouse Officer to Workshop Manager and, now, Operations Executive. With 35 years of project management experience under his belt, Ray is skilled in scoping both major and minor rebuilds. He is passionate about optimising ZEMEK's operations by improving product design, anticipating client needs and continuing to exceed service levels. Ray ensures that ZEMEK's workshop in Mackay operates to the highest standards of safety and compliance.

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