Royal Society for the Blind Industrial Services has expanded its manufacturing operations by investing $300,000 in a custom built Formech HD 1350 thermoformer. RSB Industrial Services is South Australia’s leading provider of supported employment for people who are blind or vision impaired, or deaf or hard of hearing, and the arrival of the new machine will create ten new jobs at the organisation’s Gilles Plains factory.
“This new machine is more versatile, energy efficient, safer and faster. It also allows us to produce larger mouldings, which significantly increases our capacity and makes us a viable, cost effective alternative for companies currently outsourcing to China,” says RSB Executive Marketing Manager, Darrin Johnson.
With more than 65 supported employees who have a vision or hearing impairment, RSB Industrial Services is a success story 135 years in the making. The arrival of the new, state-of-the-art, thermoforming machine will enhance the organisation’s position as one of South Australia’s leading vacuum-forming suppliers.
“Since 1884, the RSB has been committed to providing meaningful work for people who may otherwise struggle to find it,” says Johnson. “The team in our Industrial Services division certainly punch above their weight, competing in the open market and providing top quality products and services to some of Australia’s leading companies.”