22nd April 2015
Zaun has been awarded the coveted Security Industry Product of the Year 2015 Award from Security Industry E-Mag, an independent award programme recognised both in the UK and abroad sponsored by Security Industry E-Mag.
Not every organisation can walk away with one of the accolades that have become the hallmark of success. Still, those that do all emerge from the process more successfully, with many becoming acknowledged leaders in the marketplace.
In the case of Zaun, the team at Security Industry E-Mag was particularly impressed with the fact that Zaun was the largest supplier of temporary high-security fencing systems to the London 2012 Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, as well as having secured the main UK political parties’ autumn conferences; the top secret Bilderberg Conference at The Grove Hotel near Watford; the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland; and the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.
On receiving the award, co-founder and director Alastair Henman said: ‘Zaun is one of the leading manufacturers of high-security perimeter protection systems with an extensive range of temporary, PAS 68 and permanent fencing solutions, as well as expertise in integrating CCTV and PID systems.
“We operate extensively with national governments, security services, utilities and critical national infrastructures, such as EDF, Eirgrid, E-on, National Grid and Thames Water, to name but a few. Our recent keynote projects include securing water treatment and pumping plants with main contractor Galliford Try as part of Thames Water’s multi-billion pound London Tideway improvements to create a cleaner, healthier River Thames, using our ArmaWeave product.”
Thames Water wanted to upgrade its perimeter protection systems to a tight work schedule with complex planning issues and security requirements. Zaun deployed ArmaWeave as it matched the site’s specific security requirement, particularly its anti-climb, anti-cut product attributes. It also enabled certain installation concerns to be mitigated, such as the many undulations in ground levels. In addition, its suitability for uneven ground and the cost savings it offered compared to other high-security perimeter fencing solutions made it an attractive solution for the client.
Zaun designed, manufactured, supplied and installed over three kilometres of perimeter fencing to secure sites near the London 2012 Olympic Park, where Zaun worked. Zaun’s own security specification guide rates ArmaWeave to level four, making it ideal for the site’s potential security risks when integrated with PID, CCTV, high-security vehicle and pedestrian manual and automated access and razor wire coils.
These were supplied and installed in conjunction with the fencing system. The key to securing the award was the company’s continual commitment to extend its product range. A philosophy highlighted by the fact that Zaun has recently launched its DBS fencing system, an innovative ‘green’ acoustic fencing panel made from recycled waste plastics that can deflect noise and soak up flying fragments.
Indeed, Zaun has never stood still. Maybe it’s this boldness when others were battening down the hatches that have enabled it to grow year on year since launching 18 years ago into the UK fencing market. It started small in Rupert Street in Birmingham, importing mesh from Germany. But a lack of space along with the lure of greater support from Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council tempted Zaun to its current five-acre site on Steel Drive to the north side of the city at around the time when the dot com bubble burst, sending shock waves through other sectors of the investment community.
There Zaun now boasts 100,000 sq ft of manufacturing in two factories on either side of a huge central storage yard, which holds ever-rotating stocks and sections of the National Barrier Asset it first supplied to the UK Home Office in 2012. The newer £5 million factory – officially named the Paul Holloway Manufacturing Facility last year in honour of the former stalwart employee – was another brave investment decision taken in 2010 in the grip of the worst and most sustained period of recession anyone can remember.
It houses the world’s largest mesh weaving machine, another recent investment, which produces ArmaWeave, its most intruder resistant product for the high-security market.
All this has set Zaun up well to benefit from an ever-strengthening British economy, growth in critical national infrastructure projects and renewed development globally, especially in the Middle East, where it opened its first office in Dubai in 2012.
“Trading conditions have been tough over the last few years, so we have had to innovate, invest and add more value to keep ahead and busy,” Henman explained: “Those efforts are really starting to pay off as the level of activity starts to increase. As a result, 2013 was a very successful and profitable year for Zaun, and 2014 was our best.”
That thirst for innovation has even seen Zaun move beyond its core fencing and accessories business and evolve into new areas such as electronics, enabling it to offer fully integrated solutions.
It has recently taken a stake in EyeLynx, whose Pharos system offers smart Video Content Analysis in the only true rapid deployment High Definition surveillance system on the market with Edge Recording Cluster capability that incorporates an intelligent recorder, management software and wireless communications all in the same unit.
But Zaun has never lost sight of its simple founding ethos to provide the best products in fencing with the most personal service to its core contractor market. Henman said: “The continual investment in both personnel and equipment has ensured we have the most modern machinery and production software. This reduces wastage and speeds up production times, giving us the edge over the competition.”
The sophisticated computer-controlled mesh lines enable Award-winning Zaun to order tailored site-specific fencing systems to tight deadlines. In conclusion, Herman added: “Our designers develop bespoke product solutions to work with our standard systems. This flexibility means we can produce fencing to your exact requirements and support you with CAD designs and 3D illustrations, and technical drawings.
“And because we are a manufacturing business, not a re-seller, with all of the research, design and technical resources that sit behind that, we can offer the widest range of product sizes giving a range our competitors can only marvel at.”