YALE is upgrading to stainless steel on all of its multipoint lock faceplates as standard.
The shift supports the ASSA ABLOY group’s sustainability initiatives, ‘tackling industrial processes that are present and challenging throughout the hardware industry today’.
The chemical process of plating has always created environmental challenges, says the company, in that by-product must be disposed of correctly and with extreme care to avoid environmental damage – whereas stainless steel has no requirement for this process entirely, with the whole manufacturing process taking place solely at Yale HQ.
Sales and commercial director Paul Atkinson said: “The durability and consumer perception of the multipoint lock will be enhanced with this simple change to stainless steel as standard. Being able to deliver an overall enhanced product, as well as moving to a more socially sustainable process, is clearly a great success and something that has appeal to the trade and consumer alike.“
No customer prices will be affected as a direct result of this enhancement.