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ASSA ABLOY acquires door sealing systems specialist Lorient Group

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Lorient, the designer and manufacturer of high performance door sealing systems based in Newton Abbott, Devon.

ASSA ABLOY is an international group with around 47,000 employees and sales close to £6.4 billion. In the UK, ASSA ABLOY is best known for the Yale and UNION brands and has its head office and main manufacturing centre in Willenhall.

Given the strong commercial synergies between Lorient and ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK, and specifically the Door Hardware Group, the acquisition will create opportunities to drive innovation and add value for end user customers by offering a broader product portfolio.

Business handshake, the deal Is finalized.

Lorient will continue to operate as an autonomous entity as part of the Door Hardware Group, retaining the existing strong commercial and operational team that has made the business the success it is today. Existing customer contact points remain unchanged.

“Lorient is an exciting addition to our UK business and I’m delighted to welcome its teams into ASSA ABLOY,” said Harry Warrender, market region manager for ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK. “It offers an extensive high quality range of sealing systems for doors and boasts a strong track record of innovation. Its portfolio will extend the ASSA ABLOY offer into the commercial market here in the UK and overseas.”

Lorient was established in 1979. The business employs approximately 135 employees globally, with 2018 sales expected to reach around £18.6 million.

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UNION tackles unauthorised key duplication in healthcare facilities thanks to keyULTRA solution

UNION – part of ASSA Abloy Security Solutions (a division of ASSA Abloy UK) – is tackling unauthorised key duplication in healthcare facilities with its keyULTRA master key system. 

Last year alone, NHS departments reported 498 data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office, in turn showing how data protection has become an increasing concern within hospitals.

Facilities and security managers in healthcare establishments need to safeguard confidential information and expensive medical equipment. On that basis, managing security and access control requirements are critical.

The keyULTRA master key cylinders possess one of the longest patents in the market, expiring in 2028. DuraPIN technology protects both the key and cylinder assembly from illegal duplication and permits access to authorised personnel only.

This system has successfully been installed in a number of healthcare facilities including Arnold Lodge, a medium secure psychiatric unit in Leicester, and Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham.

Craig Birch, category manager for cylinders at ASSA Abloy UK, said: “Unauthorised copies of keys and an unknown number of keys distributed to people, both within and outside organisations, are common problems for hospitals with large numbers of personnel and a high staff turnover. A copied or a lost key is an immediate security threat that could lead to data breaches and costly civil monetary penalties. Investing in keyULTRA is an effective way of ensuring that no unauthorised keys are cut, meaning that facilities and security managers are fully aware of everyone with access to each area of the building. That helps to eliminate the costly problems that could occur from compromised security.”

keyULTRA boasts enhanced features including the highest key-related security, as per BS EN 1303:2005, along with resistance to bumping, drilling, picking and plug extraction. The solution is also approved for use on FD30 and FD60 fire doors in accordance with BS EN 1634-1.

Featuring self-lubricating materials designed to enhance its resistance to wear and tear, UNION’s keyULTRA is ideal for busy environments and can also help to reduce maintenance costs.

The product has been successfully tested to over half a million cycles to guarantee performance. It employs a strong and durable key, with an easy-to-grip, oversized key bow to facilitate product use.

*For further information on keyULTRA visit: http://www.unionkeyultra.co.uk/

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