World Leaders in Locks

Ever wondered about the history behind some of the biggest names in lock making? Chubb has got to be one of the most famous and is a subsidiary of the largest lock manufacturer in the world, Assa Abloy. They are famed for high security lock making in the commercial sector, residential housing and secure confinements. The company began life in 1804, founded by Charles Chubb in Winchester, England. The business moved to Portsmouth, where it was primarily a ship ironmonger until Chubb began transforming the business into a locksmith company in 1818. Chubb was the leading name in Britain and was given a special award by George IV. It has become synonymous with providing quality mortise locks, cylinder locks, glass break detectors and fire alarms.

Yale is another big name in the world of security and since 2000 has been a further subsidiary of Assa Abloy. Based in the United States, it’s famous for its pin tumbler lock. Linus Yale Junior was the founder in 1868 and was the original designer of the pin tumbler lock. Today, the company supplies low and medium security options including ward locks, electronic locks, safes and padlocks. For Belfast Locksmith, visit

Cisa is an Italian business and a market leader in Europe and the rest of the world. They offer access control and locking products. There products are available in over 70 countries which makes them a leader in the global market. In 1926, they were the first company to patent an electric lock and were the first to manufacture smart card locks. They are renowned for innovation, high technology and excellence in their field. Their products have transformed the residential security market.

World Leaders in Locks

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Sealock is a U.S company that is the world leader in manufacturing of cargo container locks. They are well-known as they were the only company allowed to become a member of  C-TPAT which is the U.S Customs-Trade partnership Against Terrorism. The company was born in 1996 with a desire to become a leader in tamper-evident products for the prevention of tampering and stealing sealed cargo content. The company expanded rapidly after the 9/11 attacks.

Best Lock Corporation was created by Frank Best in 1925 and originally based in Washington but moved to Indianapolis in 1938. They now fall under the Spectrum Brands umbrella which is Stanley Black & Decker, a global name in tools. Best Lock manufacture products for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities and sell directly to end users. Products include cylinder locks, padlocks, keypads and speciality locks. They are world renowned for their small interchangeable core cylinders which they began making in the 1960’s.

Assa Abloy is the fastest growing lock company in the world as it has made some 150 acquisitions since 1994. It offers high quality, top security entry door locks and has divisions all over the world, including Africa, the Middle East and Europe. South and North America and Asia are also covered. One of its most popular products is the ‘bump proof’ and ‘unpickable’ Disc Tumbler Lock.

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