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Yale’s History

Recognised as one of the world’s oldest manufacturers, Yale are notorious in the architectural hardware and security industry for their profound knowledge. Over it’s long history, Yale has received patents for dozens of its selections, with distribution to more than 120 markets around the world including Australia, India, Greece, Kuwait and more.

Yale initially rooted in colonial America where the Yale family decided to emigrate to the New World from North Wales. Some generations later in around 1840, Linus Yale Sr., had began designing and manufacturing a series of innovative, high security locks at his Yale Lock Shop in Newport, New York where he specialised in expensive, handmade bank locks.

Linus Yale Sr.'s son first joined his father in the security locks business in 1850 where he worked to perfect and patent his father's pin tumbler cylinder lock and became the considered locking expert of his time. In 1862, Yale Jr. introduced the Monitor Bank Lock, marking the transition in bank locks from key locks to dial or combination locks. The principles, embodied in his Monitor Lock, are now standard in combination locks throughout the USA.

Granted patents in 1861 and 1865, Yale finally succeeded in creating his most important invention – the Yale cylinder lock. Relying on Yale patents, Yale & Towne company was later established in 1868 where the company grew and broadened its product offerings.

The developed selection of security products included manually operated chain hoists and battery powered platform trucks leading to a line of padlocks being introduced to the brand in 1879. The company’s next venture was the purchase of Norton door closer company and H. and T. Vaughan Ltd.

In the early 20th century, the company expanded worldwide and employed more than 12,000 people. Throughout the 20th century, purchases, acquisitions and joint ventures have made Yale locks well-known worldwide.

Premium Architectural Hardware

The Yale brand provides customers with access to a comprehensive selection of products. The company have continued to reign the Architectural Hardware and security industry with their ever-growing product offerings for commercial and consumer use. Since 1840, Yale have continued to protect homes and enable a peace of mind. Relying on trust, knowledge and heritage at the core of the brand, Yale have continued in manufacturing durable, quality products.

Specialising in Locks & Security, Yale have sustained a premium approach to manufacturing security products for commercial and consumer use alike. Offering products such as Cylinder Cam Locks, Yale stretch their product offerings include locks created for use on Desks, Drawers, Furniture and more. Designed with a brass finish and screw-in installation, Cylinder Cam Locks ensure consumers can elevate the level of safety throughout a premise.

Multipoint Locks are growing in popularity over traditional single-point locking of deadlocks and sashlocks, therefore Yale’s selection across multipoint locks such as the lever operated latches have continued to grow.

Award-Winning Products with Quality

Assa Abloy Limited, who purchased the Yale brand in August 2020, continue to lead the way forward with innovative new designs in lockinstems. Having employed a pro-active continuous approach to improve the company’s offerings, the company is committed to delivering excellence and exceeding the requirements of customers in all aspects of products and value.

Leading the way forward with innovative new designs in locking systems, Yale’s Quality Policy include satisfying the requirements of the ISO9001:2000 standards and its customer requirements.

Yale have been awarded with the ISO 14001 accreditation, an internationally recognised standard that specifies the formulation and maintenance of an environmental management system (EMS). The three fundamental commitments made within ISO 14001 are the prevention of pollution, compliance with legislation and the continual improvement of the EMS.Accreditation to ISO 14001. This accreditation confirms Yale Door and Window Solutions' dedication to these environmental fundamental aspects.

Awarded with the prestigious BBA (British Board of Agrément) standard which requires compliance and certification for Product Assessment Specification and 24 Security Standards, Yale have ensured that all hardware functions after 240 hours of neutral salt spray exposure. This can confirm that all products are quality assured prior to trading and holds the highest quality.

The Yale brand has continued to be trusted by millions of people on a global scale, for over 180 years. This is to be expected considering the company’s accreditations and awards obtained throughout the years.

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