23rd February 2016
Over the past year, a string of production equipment acquisitions has helped make Zaun the leanest manufacturer in the perimeter systems market.
Previous investments focused on the 44,000 sq ft multi-million-pound Paul Holloway Manufacturing Facility that houses the world’s largest mesh weaving machine, which produces ArmaWeave, Zaun’s most intruder resistant product for the high-security market.
The past year has seen Zaun buy a new tube laser cutter, a further mesh welding line, and automation of other key processes to further enhance its manufacturing capabilities and capacity and cut out waste.
Additional bailers and squashers have boosted recycling while a new forklift truck has improved materials handling.
Training for shop floor staff has seen new welding qualifications for Security Rated product manufacture. In addition, new 3D design software has replaced 2D throughout the business, giving customers clearer representations of designs, reducing errors and improving efficiency.
While the introduction of accomplished engineer Roberto Garziera as production and factory manager has streamlined a series of processes and improved productivity and efficiencies in production.
Co-founder and director Alastair Henman said: ‘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.
‘Our ongoing investment in people, equipment and relationships 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.’
Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems manufacturing the UK’s entire system. 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 remained 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 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.