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Fastline and Zaun reap instant rewards from shareholding investment move

“Fantastic synergies” and a fresh driving influence mean that Fastline and Zaun are already reaping the benefits of the recent shareholding investment by Fastline and the appointment of the company’s managing director Mike Fellows to the Zaun Group’s Board of Directors.

Fellows and Zaun’s co-founder and owner Alastair Henman see this as only the start of the creation of a ‘united powerhouse’ for the UK and international fencing market to be achieved through close collaboration, combined sales efforts, joint procurement and the use of space to increase stock and production capacity.

In addition to this, there are clear advantages to be explored in the potential combination of specialist equipment and personnel skill sets. Henman stated: “We see this very much as the whole being greater than a sum of the parts.”

Fastline is currently one of only a handful of companies in the UK with in-house palisade rolling, boasting one of the most modern production lines currently in operation. The facility operates 24 hours per day to deal with an ever-growing demand. Add to that the welded and woven mesh production at Zaun along with laser and robot technology and there’s little that this collaboration cannot achieve.

Fastline is renowned for the quality of its products which encompass a near unlimited catalogue due to the business’ ability to produce standard items and also fabricate to highly bespoke requirements.

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Mike Fellows (left, managing director at Fastline) and Zaun’s co-founder and owner Alastair Henman

Fellows insight and expertise in the field have ensured that growth for Fastline has been constant and shows no sign of waning. In parallel, Zaun’s proven ability to deliver the most technically demanding and high security projects complements Fastline’s penetration of the general and medium security market.

Fastline has already benefited from an increased capacity for railing production and is capitalising on more opportunities by using Zaun’s labour and robotic welding technology. The companies will maintain large combined stock levels of standard perimeter systems going forward to enable “unrivalled” lead times.

Fastline is now actively pushing Zaun’s products to its own extensive customer base, in turn opening up a plethora of new business opportunities. Similarly, Zaun is now much better placed to serve existing and new customers with an expanded range of railings, palisade and associated products.

Henman concluded: “Fastline and Zaun are enjoying the immediate benefits of an intriguing and, I’m sure to some, surprising relationship within the perimeter security industry. Our varied customer base and, as we both agree, quite different modus operandi seem to have ignited the best of both companies. This was a move not expected by any in the industry, but one that undoubtedly all will now be watching with interest.”

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Zaun hosts ‘Made in Britain’ event to promote value of British manufacturing

A 1,000-strong manufacturers’ organisation that actively promotes the value of British manufacturing as a genuine differentiator visited Wolverhampton last week for its first Sales and Marketing Workshop of the new Autumn season.

Pioneering steel fencing systems manufacturer Zaun hosted and presented at the ‘Made in Britain’ Workshop on Wednesday 19 September with a keen focus on marketing, sales, exports and PR. Delegates heard about digital marketing for manufacturers and received a marketing ‘Masterclass’ from Young’s Seafood’s marketing team. They also learned from Zaun about the company’s sales, marketing and export journey and enjoyed a tour around Zaun’s factory.

The ‘Made in Britain’ initiative highlights the community spirit of the British manufacturing industry. Four events in the Spring brought together members to share stories, ideas and advice. Previous events have been hosted by pioneering recycler Axion in Manchester, iconic British car maker Vauxhall, Knowsley cable manufacturer Tratos and global coffee machine manufacturer Fracino in Birmingham.

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John Pearce: CEO of ‘Made in Britain’

‘Made in Britain’ CEO John Pearce observed: “All the greatest British manufacturers have a story to tell, and the Workshops offer them a chance to sell those stories to each other.  British SME manufacturers need each other more than ever to increase the strength of the British-made supply chain. Typically, at each Workshop two or three new trading relationships are born. We’re all united in the use of the official collective mark to point to the quality, innovation and excellence of British manufacturing.”

Zaun’s marketing manager Steve Roberts responded: “As a company, we’re very proactive at trading on our ‘Britishness’ throughout our business. We’ve seen major success through this route, especially so in the Middle East and following on from our bespoke project work for the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

After the Zaun event, the final two ‘Made in Britain’ Workshops of the year will be at ethical luxury brand The Soap Co in London on 10 October followed by the ESSE foundry in Barnoldswick, Lancashire on 14 November.

‘Made in Britain’ events are for members across all of its 50 product sectors.

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Wetlands project involving Binns Fencing opens up East London ‘open-air lung’

An £8.7 million Visitor Centre designed to open up access to one of the East End’s ‘open-air lungs’ has been completed at a strategic 500-acre Thames Water site. The Walthamstow Wetlands project allows visitors to enjoy and learn about the Walthamstow Reservoirs’ distinctive built and natural heritage, which is unique in London.

As the area includes water treatment stations and other operational sites, it needed protection to separate public areas from Critical National Infrastructure zones, for which Thames Water ordered security fencing through Binns Fencing.

Binns has installed ArmaWeave, HiSec and Axiom steel mesh from parent company Zaun around strategic Thames Water assets, while Duo fencing, sliding gates and railings have been included at all main entrances. Oak Habitat gates and post-and-wire fencing provide a more natural boundary to non-secure areas.

The principal contractor on the project was London-based construction company Rooff, a family-run business with a track record stretching back 100 years.

The area’s distinctive nature stems from the site’s importance as a historic operational landscape that supplies drinking water to London, and its rich biodiversity, which is of international importance for water birds.

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The concept is to create a ‘green core’ of naturalised landscape at the heart of the reservoir complex with a generous pathway through the centre of the site and connecting to the strategic pedestrian and cycle route through the middle of the Lee Valley.

The project was designed by architect Witherford Watson Mann and landscape architect KLA, with engineer P3r and TALL, consultant Studio Dekka and collaborating organisation Counterculture also involved.

The reservoirs’ importance as a potential nature reserve was recognised as early as 1945 by Professor Patrick Abercrombie, who said: “A series of great reservoirs [is] acquiring a charm of [its] own as trees grow around them and on their little islands. They are becoming nature reserves for large numbers of birds and the resort of privileged fisherman. These areas are a great open-air lung to the crowded East End and their preservation is essential. Every piece of open land should be welded into a great regional reservation.”

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Perimeter protection specialist Zaun majors on innovation at Intersec 2018

British innovation is the focus for multi-award winning perimeter protection systems group Zaun at Intersec 2018 as the company unveils new products. On Stand G11 in Hall 1) the company is unveiling two brand new products at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

First, Zaun is announcing the CorruSec SR3 and CorruSec Premier SR4, two new high-security fence systems that resist – for more than five and ten minutes respectively – sustained attack with designated specialist power tools.

Zaun’s stand features the company’s full suite of SR-rated products, installations of its raking ArmaWeave fencing system and also Government-rated PIDs and PulseSecure electric pulse fencing courtesy of electronic and electrified perimeter security systems business Harper Chalice.

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Zaun’s co-founder and director Alastair Henman has made no secret of his intentions to refocus Zaun on its manufacturing strengths and set it apart with pioneering innovation and bold investment. With this in mind, Henman has added strengthened relationships with core contractor customers and architects, strategic acquisitions and renewed energy on collaboration and partnering.

Speaking prior to Intersec (which is running from 21-23 Janaury), Henman observed: “It all contributes to a massively exciting future we’re building here at Zaun. We’re confidently ready to forge into the future and approach 2018 with record consolidated turnover and profit.”

Over the past two decades, Intersec’s influence has spread not only across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent, but has also gone well beyond, offering thousands of influential trade buyers the latest security and safety solutions from the world’s premier manufacturers.

Last year, almost 33,000 delegates from all over the world visited more than 1,300 exhibitors present from 58 countries.

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JB Corrie accreditation sees fourth company approved to install ArmaWeave

A fourth company has now been accredited to install ArmaWeave, the approved high-security perimeter fencing system manufactured by Zaun. Specialist fencing installer JB Corrie has committed to training its site operatives in the installation methods for ArmaWeave developed by Zaun over time to make best use of the solution’s high-security woven fabric.

Impressed with the versatility of the system, JB Corrie is now installing the Zaun mesh on several security sites.

The company joins expert installer Allen Fencing Limited, systems integrator Crime & Fire Defence Systems and premier prison fencing installer Binns Fencing, a Zaun subsidiary, as an approved installer.

Contracts director Norton Welch said: “We’re delighted to have received this accreditation and look forward to working closely with Zaun to install its security products in the future.”

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JB Corrie’s contracts director Norton Welch (centre) and senior sales and estimating manager Luke Ryan (left) receive their accreditation to install ArmaWeave from Zaun’s sales and marketing director Chris Plimley

The company – which has been in business for over 100 years and is now in the ownership of the fourth generation Corrie family – installs integrated perimeter protection systems for high security applications and boasts military bases, utilities, power stations and airports among its clients.

Zaun established the installer scheme after increasing requests from customers to recommend contractors with suitable installation, quality and safety standards.

Panels can be raked

ArmaWeave is produced on the world’s largest steel loom at Zaun’s West Midlands manufacturing base. It boasts properties that give it distinct advantages against more traditional welded mesh systems, such as panels that can be raked to accommodate slopes. Therefore, installers require the necessary skill sets to set this up.

The wire of the panels has a tensile strength typically more than double that of welded panels so special methods are needed for cutting the panels during installation.

Zaun trained JB Corrie’s installation teams on the properties and tolerances of ArmaWeave and how it’s manufactured. The training is for ‘fencers’ with proven experience in high-security fencing work who are sponsored by a company that can demonstrate its professionalism through membership of a relevant trade organisation and valid UKAS-accredited ISO 9001 certification.

The certificate of training is only valid while the individual is working for the host company. This ensures that trained individuals are working properly under quality management to install the product.

With its partners, Zaun hopes to increase the adoption of ArmaWeave as the standard for secure sites of Critical National Infrastructure – such as the utilities, Data Centres and nuclear sites – while ensuring consistent installation quality.

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Zaun develops SR3 fencing for Critical National Infrastructure applications

A high-security fence for rail and other Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) applications that resists sustained attack with specialist power tools for more than five minutes has been developed by steel mesh fencing manufacturer Zaun.

Zaun has received a revised Certificate of Product Approval from the Loss Prevention Certification Board to include its brand new CorruSec SR3 approved to Security Rating 3. The fencing system incorporates corrugated HiSec 3-5-10 mesh sandwiched between further panels of HiSec 3-5-10, a special welded steel wire fence panel similar to the type of mesh usually used for prison fencing, whose name is derived from its mesh size: 3″ × 0.5″ × 10 gauge.

The original concept was the idea of Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman and has been developed by R&D manager Adam Christie. Christie explained: “Alastair conceived the design by looking at the construction of cardboard, in particular the corrugated kind and how the corrugated element created a much stronger three-dimensional material. We started experimenting with a corrugated mesh centre section to give fencing greater rigidity and increase its thickness without adding much to the material content and weight in order to counter the kind of tools attackers might use.”

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CorruSec SR3 has been subjected to sustained attack by testers from the Building Research Establishment wielding a range of hand and power tools, yet they couldn’t breach the CorruSec SR3 in less than five minutes.

The fencing system is manufactured to BS 1722 Part 14 and is approved at heights from 2.4 metres to 6 metres above the ground, in ground or base-plated options.

Each individual panel features a 76.2 mm x 12.7 mm mesh configuration with 3 mm horizontal and vertical wires. The corrugated section is pressed to approximately 100 mm in depth. All three layers are bolted together using bolts fixed into place in a grid pattern throughout the combined fence panel.

CorruSec SR3 provides good through visibility for use with CCTV cameras, while security toppings can be added to suit.

Alastair Henman explained: “The current specification for CrossRail stations is a ‘5-minute fence’, so we set about seeing if we could create a viable product. Across our customer base, operators of CNI are upgrading their most sensitive sites given  the heightened fear of terrorist threats and advances in technology.”

As well as rail applications, SR3 fencing is ideal for protecting assets at water utilities, oil and gas compounds, Data Centres and other CNI sites.

 

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UK’s biggest prison now on verge of full capacity

The biggest prison in the UK should reach full capacity pretty soon, with construction work on track to end this month and allow the opening of the third and final wing. The first prisoners were moved to HMP Berwyn in Wrexham on 28 February and into Bala wing, with this wing and its cousins collectively designed to house 702 prisoners.

The second wing, designated Alwen, opened in May, with Ministry of Justice (MoJ) bosses confirming the third and final wing, Ceiriog, is on schedule to open this month, bringing the total capacity of adult male offenders to 2,106 – 500 inmates more than the biggest current prison in England and Wales was built to hold.

The majority will be Category C prisoners, meaning that they’ve been assessed as having a lower likelihood of escaping, though some Category B prisoners could also be accommodated.

Governor Russ Trent has explained that his emphasis is on rehabilitation, with staff calling the prisoners ‘men’ who will have ‘rooms’ rather than cells.

The construction of HMP Berwyn began in May 2015 and will cost £250 million.

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Reductions in overcrowding

The Government has pledged to spend £1.3 billion on new prisons. After the riots in HMP Birmingham last year, Justice Secretary Liz Truss said the new prison in Wales ‘will help to reduce overcrowding across the estate’. Nine more new prisons are expected to be built, with five set to be opened by 2020.

Binns Fencing won the order to supply and install almost 2 km of 5.2 metre-high prison-standard secure perimeter fencing for the Wrexham ‘super prison’. Manufacturer Zaun supplied the MoJ-approved prison posts and fencing mesh.

Binns has proposed a new model of perimeter security and PIDs procurement and delivery, whereby it offers a single point of contact for the complete perimeter security package, providing greater opportunity for innovation, in turn reducing complexity and the need for managing multiple contractors.

The company believes this could offer significant cost savings on PIDs cable installation as well as both contract and project management costs.

HMP Berwyn is already anticipated to be the cheapest prison to run per prisoner in England and Wales.. It’s expected to run at £14,000 per head per year, including overheads, compared with £40,170 at HMP Parc in Bridgend, which was built under the Government’s Private Finance Initiative and is operated by G4S.

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