Minister opens new £5m factory


The newly-appointed Minister for Trade & Investment, Lord Green, has officially opened our new factory which has doubled our manufacturing capability and created 40 new jobs.

Lord Green opened the 50,000 sq ft factory at Zaun on yesterday’s Steel Drive, Wolverhampton. The £5 million factories will allow Zaun, which produces fencing for high security and commercial applications, to meet the increasing demand for its products. Demand in the high-security market, in particular, has been rising due to an increased importance placed upon protecting the UK’s critical national infrastructure.

Zaun supplies fences to small and large customers, including schools, railways, leisure facilities and high-security premises. The company has worked with UK Trade & Investment on exporting to France and the Middle East.

Lord Green said: “We have an ambition in this country to turn around our export performance so that the British economy is dependent on exports to world markets rather than reliant on demand at home.

“This will be a marathon and not a sprint. But we have a great deal of talent in a lot of industry sectors in the UK, and we are starting from a position of strength.”

“The advanced engineering sector, in particular, is a good example of an area where there are thousands of SMEs in the supply chain, which are exporting overseas and winning business in growing markets.”

Last year West Midlands companies exported £16.7 billion to countries worldwide.

Paul Painter, joint managing director at Zaun, said: “Despite the recession, we have managed to grow our business year on year, which is testament to our workforce, innovative product range, service and manufacturing expertise. This new facility will further increase our productivity, boost job opportunities in the area and help retain manufacturing in the UK and provide a firm foundation for expansion into international markets.”

During his visit to the West Midlands, Lord Green also met local business people at Delcam in Birmingham and attended a Meet the Buyer event aimed at aerospace companies. More than 20 buyers worldwide attended the event to do business with West Midlands companies.

About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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