The pioneer behind the world s first unpickable lock: Abloy celebrates 110th birthday

Security lock pioneer Abloy is celebrating its 110 th birthday. The venerable Finnish brand, which merged with ASSA in 1994, revolutionised the locking industry when it patented the disc cylinder-operated lock in 1919. The innovation was the brainchild of founder Emil Henriksson, who in 1907 decided to redeploy the rotating detainer discs inside cash registers inside locks.

The precision mechanics engineer patented the idea 12 years later and registered the Abloy trademark. Virtually unpickable, the lock propelled Abloy to being a market leader not just in Finland but globally too. Henrickkson later integrated electromechanical technology with the mechanical lock, during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1994, Abloy merged with ASSA to form the ASSA ABLOY group. In recent years Abloy has developed access control systems such as PROTEC2 CLIQ and CLIQ Connect, which reduced the number of keys required. Abloy s product range includes both mechanical and electric locks, as well as access control systems, which are deployed in a wide range of sectors. From museums and sporting venues to hospitals, airports and government buildings, its locks protect some of the world s most iconic landmarks.