Our History


The story of ABLOY® started in 1907, when a young precision mechanic in Helsinki, Finland named Emil Henriksson had the idea to use rotating discs in lock cylinders. The invention was patented in 1919, and ABLOY was founded and trademarked to produce the locks. Rotating disc cylinder technology is regarded the world over as a superior locking system to pins and springs.

Since the original design in 1907, ABLOY has been recognized for high security, superior performance, and outstanding innovation. ABLOY meets the needs for customers in the Casino Gaming, Health Club, OEM, Utilities, Transportation, Government, and Vending markets. ABLOY Security provides a full range of locking product solutions designed to satisfy customers' most demanding applications.