You could even write a book about it. And a book has actually been written - it will be published in the autumn. It will be a best seller. Because it's not simply about site fencing, it's also about entrepreneurship.
Site fencing has been around for 50 years. We know this because, in 1966, Heras was the first to start series production of temporary fencing. Let me quickly run you through the 50 years of entrepreneurship in this blog.
Before the 60s, wooden partitions and/or barbed wire around building sites were the usual method of fencing off a site. In the Netherlands, the legal liability for accidents lies with the builder or contractor. Heras founder, Frans Ruigrok, decided to immediately begin the serial production of temporary fencing in order to secure construction sites. And that meant immediately - no market research, just entrepreneurship. No beating around the bush, just getting on with it.
Ruigrok, who died in 2011, was an entrepreneur through and through.
Heras has been able to grow as a result of the standardization and the well-known sign on every fence. In 1966, the production of the site fencing was also standardized. "The new offer would create its own demand, argued Ruigrok". He put the Heras name on the first site fencing and the sales were amazing. Heras is a brand in itself, all round Europe. The first site fencing was filled with concertina wire. A tube in the middle provided additional reinforcement. The first mobile site fencing as we know it today, with a welded mesh panel for more rigidity and security, was only introduced in 1989.
The origin of the global "site fencing" standard
Almost everywhere in the world, site fencing is 3.5 meters long and 2 meters high. And there is a nice story about how this size came about. After repairs were made to the fixed fences at Royal Dutch Shell, a lot of tubing was returned. The tubes were 6 meters long. A virtue made from necessity: these tubes were used to create the first site fencing frames. 3.5 m x 2 m so there was room to make a straight cut. With the added advantage that the 3.5 m x 2 m size was just right for assembly. In 1966, this was called common sense. In 2016, it's called upcycling.
50 years later
In the late 70s, the millionth fence rolled off the line. In the 50th-anniversary year of 2016, we make a million every year! 50 years after the first fencing rolled off the line, Heras Mobile Fencing & Security still stands for stable business operations, great fencing, and reliable logistics. "No nonsense, just get on with it".
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