The news came on the back of reports that both Croatia and Slovenia are considering controls on their borders, similar to the ones implemented by Hungary over the last week. With both Hungary and Bulgaria looking to fences as a method to control the flow into their countries, the news has further bolstered the burgeoning fence industry.
In Ottendorf-Okrilla, just outside Dresden, Sicherheitszaun GmbH – a fence manufacturer – is embracing the upturn in business, as Managing Director Arnd Wilhelm explained. ‘Business is positively booming’ he said. ‘We’ve had to move to two shifts to cover the extra demands made on our production by the need for fences across Europe. We had thought of moving to three shifts, but ironically I can’t get the staff to cover a third shift!’
Though he’s aware that the upturn in business is only temporary, Mr. Wilhelm remained positive that business would remain brisk for the remainder of the year, remarking, ‘There’s a lot of border out there needing coverage. As well as calls from most of the heads of state in southern Europe, I’ve also had a few from the UK. Most are crackpots looking to protect their houses, but I did have one man asking how much it would be to fence off the Channel Tunnel, and one call from a Scottish woman asking how much 84 miles of fencing would cost to be built and delivered to Berwick-upon-Tweed.’