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Rapid Machinery founder Bruce Mansell injured in car crash

Monday, 23 September 2013
By Print 21 Online Article

Well-known industry identity and founder of Rapid Machinery, Bruce Mansell, is in a serious but stable condition having been airlifted to Westmead Hospital following a traffic collision in Dural, NSW.

Police are still working out how the accident happened but it involved a tourist bus and Bruce’s vehicle which was towing a vintage car North on Old Northern Road. Bruce (70) is also a keen restorer of vintage cars amongst his many engineering talents.

His son, Nick Mansell who is General Manager of the business said “We are devastated that this has happened just as Dad was able to spend more time on his passion for vintage and classic car restoration. Anyone that knows my father knows that he is a born fighter and will never give up. He took on the world from the 1980s, manufacturing Rapid label presses here in Australia and exporting them to 54 countries. He is a familiar face at international trade fairs flying the Australian manufacturing flag and has earned the respect of customers and friends on every continent.”

The Rapid Machinery companies are based in Chatswood, NSW and, under Nick’s guidance, recently moved into all-digital label press production which has proved very successful with over 200 presses shipped worldwide since launching in 2010. Nick Mansell was awarded the inaugural GATI (Graphic Arts Technology Innovator) award for this work in May 2013.

Bruce Mansell’s wife Marion who has been by his side every step of his business and life journey, remains at his side awaiting his recovery. The Mansell family have requested some space and privacy at this stage to deal with the immediate situation. A further statement will be issued in the near future.

Please direct messages of goodwill for Bruce Mansell to:

Andy McCourt

mccourt consulting & communications


Good wishes will be printed out and delivered to the family all together at this difficult time, to enable them to focus on Bruce’s recovery.

Print21 wishes Bruce the quickest of recoveries.

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