Auto door locks drive 60% sales increase for Carl F Groupco

Carl F Groupco’s MD has reported increased sales of the independent hardware supplier’s electronic and automatic door lock ranges. Sales have increased by almost 60% in recent months, said John Crittenden, but those sales have not come from the demographic that people might expect.

“It’s tempting to think of electronic and automatic lock ranges as niche products for high-end Grand Designs-type projects but that’s far from the case,” said John. “Our biggest growth sectors are in school, commercial and housing association settings, which provide opportunities for significant contracts for our customers.”

The most popular products in Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure electronic and automatic lock range are FUHR’s autosafe 833, autotronic 834 and multitronic 881. The FUHR autosafe 833 provides security for main entrance doors of residential or public buildings, combining automatic locking functionality to protect a property from unauthorised access from the moment the door is closed. Unlocking from the inside is operated by using a lever handle.

The FUHR autotronic 834 offers a practical hybrid solution for multiple occupancy buildings, or dwellings that require the security and convenience of an automatic lock and the advanced functionality of an electromechanical lock with access control entry.

“We are finding that the 834P variation is particularly popular with schools and commercial projects,” added John. “It offers automatic locking from the outside on closing, with access control opening. But what sets it apart is the unique panic function that provides emergency escape too.”

The FUHR multitronic 881 is an electronic, fully motorised multipoint locking system with integrated panic function suitable for main entrance doors. The dual motor engages all locking points when the door is closed, including the deadbolt. It also provides the end user with multiple access control options, including a key fob, fingerprint and via a smartphone app.

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