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ASSA ABLOY’s innovation focus continues with developments at Future Lab

ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions (a UK division of ASSA ABLOY), is continuing to develop the security sector’s solutions offer through its Future Lab.

The ASSA ABLOY Future Lab is an initiative that studies the trends influencing security in order to predict the future of the industry.

Through collaboration with end users, distributors and ASSA ABLOY divisions, the Future Lab is helping the Group’s product development process to improve in order to meet changing market demand. 

Since 2005, ASSA ABLOY has increased its R&D investment on the global stage by 130% and grown the number of its product design engineers to 1,400. This has led to the development of electromechanical products such as ASSA’s CLIQ Remote system, which combines traditional locksmithing with modern information technology.

ASSA CLIQ Remote

ASSA CLIQ Remote

CLIQ can improve security for businesses without the associated cost and complexity, and is just one example of how ASSA ABLOY is “truly a leader” in the sphere innovation.

Sales of ASSA ABLOY’s electromechanical products have increased from 20% to 49% of overal Group sales since 2000.

Richard Bromley, business development director at ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “Innovation is key for any business to ensure it stays ahead of the competition. Now more than ever, it’s critical to offer products designed for the future that excite customers and add value.”

Bromley continued: “Within the security industry, innovation is no longer just about technological invention, but also about harnessing invention to improve business processes and outcomes. That’s why, at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, we’ve recently invested in our electromechanical team to help our customers make the most of groundbreaking products such as ASSA’s CLIQ Remote system.”

ASSA ABLOY’s Future Lab provides insights and knowledge in articles and videos where security experts and customers share insights and innovative ideas on future opportunities and challenges in the market. For more information visit: http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/

*Further detail on the full range of CLIQ products from ASSA is available online at: http://www.assa.co.uk/en/site/assacouk/cliq-remote

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Countdown begins to UK locksmithing and physical security industry’s biggest Trade Expo

The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is set to host Europe’s largest trade exhibition for the locksmithing and physical security industry. From 2-4 October, suppliers and manufacturers will meet visitors from all over the world at the International Centre in Telford.

The theme of this year’s MLA Expo is ‘Tomorrow’s Locksmithing Today’. This is designed to help encourage and develop a future generation for the historic profession.

Nearly 100 exhibitors have already signed up for the biennial event, which sees locksmiths meet with suppliers, exhibit their products and services, discuss industry trends and take part in training courses.

MLA development director Dr Steffan George said: “MLA Expo is a truly global exhibition involving people from within the locksmithing industry. 2015 marks the event’s eighteenth incarnation and is set to be the biggest yet.”

George added: “MLA Expo is one of the most anticipated events in the security industry’s calendar, offering a fantastic opportunity for locksmithing and security companies and professionals from around the world to come together. They can showcase their products and services, network, share knowledge and make new contacts.”

Dr Steffan George of the MLA

Dr Steffan George of the MLA

Representatives from the police service, the insurance industry and Neighbourhood Watch will also be at the sold-out event along with newly-qualified apprentices as the MLA strives to secure the future of the industry and ensure locksmithing is seen as a potential career.

ASSA Abloy – one of the world’s biggest supplier of locks and security solutions – has joined forces with the MLA and Skills for Security (the skills body for the security sector) to support an apprenticeship scheme. The locksmith apprenticeship was set up in January last year with a view to generating the first nationally-recognised qualification for the locksmith sector, as well as securing its future by encouraging more young people to consider locksmithing as a profession.

The MLA was established over 50 years ago to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing. The organisation is recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the police service, the Home Office and other leading organisations such as the British Standards Institution.

As a not-for-profit association, the MLA ensures its member companies undergo strict vetting procedures such that members of the public, the Government and industry receive the appropriate service and advice.

The MLA’s members share the ethos that ‘skill and integrity’ remain paramount in locksmithing and are able to provide sound advice based on knowledge and experience.

*For a list of approved MLA companies visit www.locksmiths.co.uk

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