Overview of ASSA ABLOY

by Robert Fox

You can't be too careful when it comes to home security, so many people exclusively choose high security deadbolts for their door locks.

ASSA ABLOY is a well known manufacturer of high security locks. The company understands that people need to feel safe to be happy and productive.

Their website states, "At ASSA ABLOY, we understand that a world that is safe and secure is a world that is more free. We are committed to creating high quality products that give people peace of mind at home and at work. We are dedicated to this task because we know that without peace of mind, none of us are able to tap into life's possibilities. Physical and psychological security allows us to fling our doors open towards freedom."

Overview of ASSA ABLOY
Overview of ASSA ABLOY

For this reason, the company works to stay on the forefront of the security and lock industry.

History of ASSA ABLOY

In 1881, August Stenman started a company in Sweden called ASSA, Inc. by purchasing a hinge company. He was a pioneer in business and worked to build machines that could help him with mass production.

From 1910 to 1975, the company manufactured screws, selling and shipping them around the world. In 1939 they entered the lock market by purchasing a company called K.S. Thulins Lås-och Metallfabrik.

In 1947, they became the first manufacturer of a 7-pin cylinder. By 1970 locks were the biggest product that ASSA manufactured.

During that time in Finland, Emil Henriksson designed the detainer disc locking cylinder in 1907. This product became the foundation of the keying systems used by his company, ABLOY. The company continued to develop and produces new locking systems and stayed in the front of the industry.

ASSA ABLOY was formed in 1994 by the merging of the two companies that had great success in the industry. Since then the company has been the global leader in manufacturing "door opening solutions" for home and business. The company has expanded internationally to over 37,000 employees. Over the years the company has acquired many other companies, including the popular brand of locks, Medeco.

Company Products

It has been said that ASSA ABLOY has the largest variety of products on the market in the industry:

  • Deadbolts
  • Electronic Access Control
  • Keys and Keying
  • Mortise and Rim Cylinders
  • Mogul Cylinders
  • Padlocks
  • Key in Knob/Lever
  • Interchangeable Core
  • Auxiliary Locks
  • Euro Profile Cylinders
  • Pin Kits, Tools and Accessories

Their locks are known for being pick and bump proof by common criminals. ASSA ABLOY has focused on addressing the best ways to combat the main forms of attack that people use to break in or pick locks. Their products are not the common locks that you will find in your big box store, but they are the ones that many locksmiths choose to use for their clients.

If you are used to purchasing these products from the big box stores, you will notice that the products from ASSA ABLOY are more expensive. This is a classic example of "you get what you pay for". Due to the quality and features of their products, they are well worth the extra investment that you might be required to make initially.

Here is an example of what makes their products stand out in the industry:

The Future of ASSA ABLOY

The company has an extremely promising future. They were chosen as one of the top 100 innovative companies by Forbes magazine this year. It is the third time they have made the list in the past four years.

Their sales growth, employee growth and investments have continued to increase at impressive rates over the past decade. On their website the company credits this to, "understanding our customers and their underlying needs so we focus on the right things. We then apply this knowledge to every step of the value chain ensuring we do things right."

Visit the ASSA ABLOY site here

About Robert Fox

Rob Fox is a former hydro worker who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. He's currently enjoying his retirement, playing cribbage and golf with his buddies, locksmithing and home security in his spare time. Rob is an avid reader, and has even written a few books on the subject of self defence.

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