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 Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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