PROUDLY AUSTRALIANMADE ASSA ABLOY: UNLOCKING AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING SUCCESS Vol.136 No.4 Apr 2021 Print Post Approved PP 100007331 SINCE 1886 - Celebrating 135 Years An international leader in the design and production of mechanical and electromechanical locking and unlocking products, ASSA ABLOY is one of Australia’s most successful and innovative hardware manufacturers. Beginning its Australian operations in the 1940s, ASSA ABLOY now produces thousands of products each year in its Oakleigh, Victoria, production facility, employing over 500 Australians. ASSA ABLOY General Manager, Michael Avis, said the company takes great pride in its local manufacturing operations and is committed to protecting Australian jobs. “We are proud of our history as an Australian manufacturer. Not only do we take pride in supporting the continuation of local jobs, but there is also a satisfaction that comes with producing a nationally recognised Australian Made product. Australian Made products hold a sense of quality and longevity which customers look for when purchasing security products,” said Mr Avis. ASSA ABLOY manufactures its range of Lockwood Mortice Locks, Door Furniture and Truck Air Coupling Locks at its Oakleigh site, all of which are certified to carry the Australian Made logo. “The AustralianMade logo is globally recognised and aligns perfectly with our mission statement - when you purchase a Lockwood product, you are buying quality. It also demonstrates our commitment to local manufacturing and provides our customers with the peace of mind that comes from purchasing locally-made products. Local manufacturing is essential because it ensures the market is supplied with product ranges that are specifically tailored to it. Our Australian Made products have been designed with the expectations and needs of Australians in mind. They meet Australia’s high industry standards and lifestyle norms. Manufacturing locally also allows us to respond quickly with any variations required to supply door hardware to the commercial construction market,” Mr Avis said. “Servicing sizeable commercial construction projects requires hardware solutions with a large degree of variation to suit the various safety, security and ease of use requirements seen across door openings in commercial buildings. To meet this requirement, we need to respond quickly with an extensive range of hardware options. We also need those options to be specifically tailored to the unique requirements of Australia’s market, especially in the areas of passive fire protection and access to building users as prescribed by the National Construction Code and various Australian Standards.” ASSA ABLOY’s domestic manufacturing operations and stringent quality control measures have allowed them to become one of Australia’s premium hardware manufacturers. “Many factors influence purchasing decisions, but we’ve found one of the biggest benefits of producing Australian Made products is returning customers. People returnbecauseof thehigh-quality production, exceptional customer service and the local innovation that go into developing them,” Mr Avis said. “If you want Aussies to keep on making, it’s important you buy products that are made here. Supporting Australian Made ensures the future of Australian jobs in the manufacturing industry and keeps our economy moving forward.” ASSA ABLOY: UNLOCKING AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURING SUCCESS its To learn more about ASSA ABLOY’s range of Australian Made products, visit