Fence Industry report showcases growing importance of fencing sector


A study recently conducted by the Association of Fencing Industries (AFI) has revealed the current value of the UK fencing industry. The AFI – a trade association, formed when the European Fencing Industry Association and the Fencing Contractors Association merged. Calculated that the sector is worth over £1.1bn, a figure which is divided almost equally between materials and installation.

An employment boon

The positive financial state of the fencing industry is also, of course, perfect when it comes to employment. The AFI’s report suggests that approximately 1,000 new employees are required each year to fulfil requirements. Given the current levels of confusion and uncertainty around long-term employment opportunities due to Brexit, the report’s findings show that the strong performance of the fencing industry should be regarded as a shining light.

An expert’s opinion

AFI chief executive Ian Ripley said: “These findings are instrumental in going forward and will form the backbone of future strategy. The industry offers a perfect opportunity for young people. While some bodies already understand the position and offer training, there needs to be a wider appreciation of our needs. We need to get closer to educational institutions and to get young people to train for and join our industry. Both through the educational system and direct through members themselves.”

Opportunities overseas

Because of the UK fencing industry’s current successes and down to its growing reputation worldwide, it would seem that there could be an increase in the number of opportunities fencing firms have to work abroad. And this statement is more than just conjecture.

Only last month, Colas, one of the world’s most reputable civil engineering firms, encouraged UK organisations – with a particular focus on fencing companies – to help develop a new airport for the government of Uganda. This is a significant international project and could further enhance the reputation of the UK fencing sector.

It is worth stating that this success has been crafted upon sturdy foundations of reliability, quality and trust. And it is these three pillars that Zaun has been built on.

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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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