Innovative Apex weldless railings land at Luton Airport

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Following an intriguing recent collaboration, London Luton Airport (LLA) is the first site to install weldless railings from the new partnership.

Steel fencing and railing manufacturer Zaun has teamed up with Top Security Fencing to fabricate and market its innovative patented Apex weldless railing system.

Luton Airport has surrounded the perimeter of its hangar area with about 600m of Diamond-to-View Apex railings up to 3m in height, though railing sections sitting atop breeze block walls are just 1.8m high.

Zaun has also supplied two pairs of double gates and two emergency escape gates.

Zaun made the railings in its state-of-the-art factory in Wolverhampton. In addition, however, it has enhanced the special tool that locks the vertical tubes into the horizontal rail frame to make it even quicker for factory operatives to assemble.

Zaun’s new tube laser cutter is ideal for providing neat, clean holes in the horizontal rails through which the vertical tubes are dropped then ‘expanded’ with the special tool.

The collaboration gives Zaun an excellent value railing option to compete with other tubular railing systems.

Apex solid panel railings can incorporate round or square vertical pales with solid joints to the horizontal rails and concealed connections between posts and panels, giving clean lines with no visible fixings. A raking panel is in development.

Apex railing panels are supplied galvanised with the option of an Elite PR1 formula guaranteed polyester resin single coat in a choice of over 50 colours – while for more aggressive environments, the Elite EPR dual coating system is recommended.

Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 12.3 million passengers in 2015, increasing 16.9% in 2014.

LLA is currently undergoing a significant transformation through a £110 million investment by its operator: a consortium between AENA and Ardian, the former being the world’s leading airport operator.

The development is the biggest in the airport’s 78-year history and will increase annual capacity by 50% to 18 million by 2020.

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.  It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. 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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