Bendigo Plastics Fabricator Featured on the Footy Show in Controversial Skit

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Bendigo manufacturer, Plasweld, played a major role in a recent episode of The Footy Show, screened on Channel 9. In a skit involving media funny man, Sam Newman, the Footy Show sent up recent events regarding former Qantas hostess, Lisa Robertson and actor Ralph Fiennes.

Bendigo manufacturer, Plasweld, played a major role in a recent episode of The Footy Show, screened on Channel 9. In a skit involving media funny man, Sam Newman, the Footy Show sent up recent events regarding former Qantas hostess, Lisa Robertson and actor Ralph Fiennes.

Plasweld, a Bendigo based plastics fabricator, had been called upon to make a completely clear Perspex toilet to exact Qantas specifications for the skit to go ahead. Given just 2 days to complete the project in time for the show, the talent of Plaswelds' fabrication team had been put to the test.

"We see this as a great opportunity to showcase our manufacturing talents, in a humorous sort of way, and we're happy to jump in and help out the Footy Show team," said Plasweld General Manager, Michael Thurston.

Plasweld are often called on to manufacture the weird and wonderful, with custom manufacturing being their speciality and the use of a range of plastics, including Perspex, polycarbonate and polyethylene makes their end product aesthetically pleasing, light weight and cost effective.

"There were certainly laughs a plenty when the show went to air," Mr. Thurston said. "Sam Newman was certainly at his most controversial, with the help of a mannequin and a dwarf and the crowd was in hysterics. It wouldn't have surprised me if our creation ended up smashed to pieces -- but fortunately Sam didn't push it that far."

The Footy Show has been one of the Nine Networks highest rating shows in previous years and with a new more 'spontaneous' format this year they are trying to catch the publics attention with anything controversial or downright crazy. When they needed to create a solid toilet to exacting specifications, which was both see-through but robust, the Channel 9 team knew they needed the expertise of leading fabricators, Plasweld.

Plasweld is a unique business with the capacity to bend and weld rigid plastic sheet, much like a sheet metal fabricator, but with the advantage of light weight and durable plastics they can create a myriad of products for industry, including retail display units, machine guards, unusual shapes and covers for the world of architecture, theatre and art, as well as specialised laboratory and medical equipment. Plasweld have been involved in an array of major projects over the last 7 years, including fabrication for the Australian defence force, museums, art galleries and major corporations around the country, including the mining and food manufacturing industries.

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