Wolverhampton-based fencing specialist Zaun is biting back against the recession after starting work on a new 50,000 sq ft extension to its current manufacturing facility on Steel Drive.

The new £5 million factory, which is due to be officially opened later this year, will double Zaun’s manufacturing capabilities and create around 30 new jobs for the area. The investment has been supported by the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands (AWM) through the Grant for Business Investment scheme.

Zaun has invited Ken Purchase, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, Emma Reynolds, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and Jim Johnston, AWM’s Business Manager for the 2012 Games, to the site to see how the new factory development is coming along.

Ken Purchase MP, commented: “There’s no doubt that the West Midlands manufacturing industry has been hit hard over the last few years. However, the good news is the manufacturing sector is fighting back. The fact that businesses like Zaun are continuing to invest is excellent for Wolverhampton, our local economy and the wider region as a whole.”

In spite of the recession, Zaun has continued to grow year on year and the new manufacturing facility will help the company meet increasing demand for fencing solutions, particularly in the high security market that is rising in importance to protect the UK’s critical national infrastructure.

Zaun has also won a multi-million pound contract from the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games to design, manufacture, supply and install a new high security fence and gates around the 10.5 mile perimeter of the Olympic Park, in East London.

Jim Johnston at AWM, said: “The 2012 Games offer a huge number of opportunities for West Midlands businesses, and Zaun successfully bid for the fencing contract through the ‘Compete For’ procurement system. The company is a shining example of how manufacturers are bucking the economic trend and we are pleased to be working with them.”

Alastair Henman, Joint Managing Director of Zaun, says it’s a really exciting time at the company: “The extension will increase Zaun’s productivity, boost job opportunities in the area and help retain manufacturing in the UK. Part of this current growth stage will also see the installation of an innovative type of fencing mesh machine. This will be the largest machine of its type in the world, which will ultimately set the benchmark in the fencing industry.

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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