Tuesday 5 April 2022

Door Industry Journal announce a regular comment column from Mul-T-Lock UK

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a regular comment column from Mul-T-Lock UK which will commence with our Summer 2022 issue at the end of July. 

 In order to get the column underway ahead of our next issue, we have agreed to publish the first on this blog and in our daily and weekly e-newsletters.


In the first series, with Suresh Peri, newly appointed Head of Commercial and Technical, the global brand looks at the increase in presence of smart systems and argues the case not to forget mechanical innovation.

New product and service development are essential to add value to any company. Mul-T-Lock is no different, and even as a global brand, we are never complacent.

Mul-T-Lock is always looking for ways to evolve, add something our customers may not have been expecting, to enhance or even exceed their expectations, whilst at the same time staying abreast of the latest industry standards to ensure our network of dealers is up to date.

Never has this been so important. As we confidently emerge from the pandemic, Mul-T-Lock believes this is the perfect opportunity to help determine the next chapter in the life of our core business, in mechanical product development.

Mechanical v Smart

There is no question that in line with consumer demands, we have seen a shift towards smart, mobile-first security systems for homes and businesses. We have seen year on year growth in demand for remote solutions that offer technology and convenience without compromising on quality and often retaining high levels of security.

But, we also know, the technological solutions can only work with a good mechanical locking system in place, to provide the physical connection between the door and its frame.

For this reason alone, mechanical security remains to be an important sector in the UK, which has an ever-changing landscape that requires constant innovation and product development.

Good security will always depend on the locking mechanism, especially the quality of the cylinder. We can provide the most sophisticated, artificially intelligent remote scanning system in the world but if the locks are of poor design and poor quality, then security will be breached swiftly.

Opportunist and professional criminals are constantly evolving their attack methods, so it is really our responsibility as an industry to remind those responsible for security, whether of a home or business, of this back to basics approach.

Upgrading Security

There is another reason to be aware of upgrading security opportunities. The requirement for effective mechanical locking solutions is set to increase dramatically as a result of product lifecycles, which will see a significant majority of locks requiring replacement.

The life of a lock can be 10, 20 or 30 years or longer, so technology moves on in this period and there is no question that upgrading the lock cylinder on any door that is over 10 years old will deliver a significant improvement in protection from very little financial outlay.

This is also particularly pertinent in public sector work programmes, especially in schools and healthcare. These sites have been under enormous pressure through the pandemic, and Government funding is focused to refurbish many where security measures have often been in situ since the developments were built.

It is the responsibility of any contractor (such as a locksmith) to ensure at all times that the product they are installing is ‘fit for purpose’ and meets the requirements of the door and building purpose.

In summary, the real key to success is understanding the different market conditions and new opportunities, and being actively prepared to innovate and diversify, without affecting the core principles on which our company was established.

For Mul-T-Lock, our foundation was built on trusted mechanical systems and we are committed to evolving our ranges to ensure the latest innovative products are available. It’s the reason we rebranded and introduced new platform names, an updated colour scheme and premium-designed new packaging to integrate each of Mul-T-Lock’s patented platforms – creating a stronger association between the brand and the hierarchy of our products.

We believe, this shows our commitment to our mechanical product portfolio, as a core strategy in developing any high security patented solutions, however smart they develop.

Suresh Peri

Head of Commercial and Technical
Mul-T-Lock UK

For more information, please visit www.mul-t-lock.co.uk.

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