Made in Britain member Zaun celebrates its 20th anniversary this month at the leanest, greenest and keenest point in its history.
The high security and perimeter systems steel fencing manufacturer has reached its china anniversary in rude health after bold investment decisions and innovations that sometimes ran against the grain. Along with shrewd management, key contracts, clients and collaborators, and a relentless focus on the customer, this has enabled Zaun to grow year on year since launching into the UK fencing market in November 1996.
Co-founder and director Alastair Henman says: 'Trading conditions have been tough for a fair proportion of those 20 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.
'And contractors have witnessed the change in emphasis and our commitment to customer care and strengthening relationships and are consequently collaborating on more projects with us.'
Co-founder and director Alastair Henman in Zaun’s new Wolverhampton factory shortly after moving in 2005
Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain Campaign.
Alistair Henman says, ‘We always believed it was a great way to highlight what Britain does best and to show how proud we are of British manufacturing. We are determined to champion manufacturing in the UK, which provides us with the best foundation for expansion.
‘In today’s political climate with Britain making its own way in the world and forging new trading relationships, the clout of the Made in Britain label has never been stronger. We have seen this ever since the London 2012 Olympics, in particular in our operations in the Middle East.’
Henman concludes: 'The political, economic, technological and social environments have changed beyond recognition in those 20 years, but we have invested in the belief we could produce innovative products our customers would want – and it's kept us ahead of the curve.'