Carl F Groupco Hardware Heroes: FUHR



An article written for Clearview Magazine April 2019

Having been at the forefront of the fittings distribution industry since the 1950’s, Carl F Groupco has built its reputation on service, technical expertise and partnerships with leading hardware manufacturers. One of the hardware supplier’s most long-standing collaborations is with renowned German lock manufacturer, FUHR. 

The full range of FUHR hardware for doors and windows is available from Carl F Groupco – this includes multipoint locking systems for single and French doors including mechanical, motorised and automatic locking mechanisms, panic / emergency exit door locks, stable door hardware and tilt & turn window gearing.

Strong partnership
Confirming the importance of the FUHR range in Carl F Groupco’s catalogue, Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“The strength of our relationship, the comprehensive product portfolio and strong shared values focussing on quality products and a responsive service make FUHR an obvious choice as one of our Hardware Heroes.

“We have a strong partnership with FUHR… we work extremely closely with input into product development and extensive training. Our depth of knowledge is such that we are positioned as lock industry experts in the UK hardware market. 

“We have grown with FUHR to increase our offer from standard mechanical locks to the fully motorised 881 multipoint lock.”


The FUHR multitronic 881 is at the heart of Carl F Groupco’s pioneering SmartSecure electronic locking and access control brand. The electromechanical multipoint locking system with integrated panic function offers a high level of flexibility and top quality German manufacturing. The FUHR 881 complements all SmartSecure access control options including fingerprint, keypad and remote smart phone operation. The 881 can be fully integrated with alarms, building management systems and access control.

Security and Safety

As well as being renowned for innovation, FUHR has a long history of providing quality products that meet stringent security requirements: the multisafe 856 Type 3 PAS 24 and Secured by Design lever operated door lock for single hinged and French residential doors is a firm favourite with Carl F Groupco’s customers. 
Safety issues are also addressed with an emergency exit and panic door hardware range for PVC, timber and aluminium profiles.