Master Lock celebrates centenary

From the world’s first laminated steel padlock, to a range of innovative, Bluetooth and biometric security solutions, Master Lock has been “securing everything worth protecting” for the past 100 years.

This year, the brand has revealed a vintage logo to commemorate its history.

Master Lock was founded in the US by Harry Soref whose mission was to safeguard military equipment with the world’s first laminated steel padlock. It has since evolved into the leading global manufacturer of padlocks and related security and safety products.

“We are honoured that people have trusted Master Lock since 1921, to secure what’s important,” says David Youn, President of The Master Lock Company.

“We’re committed to helping future generations achieve peace-of-mind and protection with technologies that meet the changing demands of tomorrow.”

Master Lock has developed thousands of hallmark solutions to meet evolving needs worldwide, including the addition of the combination lock to its portfolio in 1935, a model still sold today, and launching Bluetooth-enabled padlocks in 2015, reimagining its mechanical predecessors.

Recent innovation in growing segments include connected products, biometric technology (including a padlock that uses a fingerprint as the key), upgrades to the lock box category, and reimagining the Master Lock’s longest-standing product category – laminated padlocks.

The brand is distributed in Australia by Mayo Hardware. A chance meeting between the founders of the two companies on a train to Chicago led to a handshake agreement. 93 years later, the Master Lock brand is still represented in Australia by Mayo Hardware, who has expanded its product and service offering.


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