Carl F Groupco proves that More than Mechanical is a valuable growth opportunity

“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."

Independent hardware supplier Carl F Groupco’s is proving that ‘More than Mechanical’ presents a valuable growth opportunity, with sales volume of its electronic and automatic door lock ranges increasing by almost 60% in recent months. But Managing Director John Crittenden says the growth may not have come from where people expect. 

He explains: “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. 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 immediate security for main entrance doors of residential or public buildings. It is a reliable multipoint locking system that combines automatic locking functionality to protect a property from unauthorised access from the moment the door is closed. Unlocking from the inside is easy by operating the 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.  

John says: “We are finding that the 834P variation is particularly popular with schools and commercial projects. 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 in residential and non-residential buildings. The dual motor engages all locking points when the door is closed, including the deadbolt. It provides the end user with the convenience of multiple access control options to gain access, including key fob, fingerprint or even via an app on a smart phone. 

Carl F Groupco has long led the way in promoting the benefits of electronic and automatic door lock options through its SmartSecure range. And as these insights show, the products have broad appeal and bring value-adding opportunities for fabricators and installers alike. 

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