The brands Tesa, Yale, and Phillips have two factors in common. First, they are all produced by ASSA ABLOY OCCIDENTE, S.A. de C.V., a leading Mexican producer of lock sets and door opening solutions. Second, each of these brands holds the top position in its particular market segment in Mexico.
“With our portfolio of products, we’ve consolidated a leadership position in Mexico,” notes Juan Pedro Ashida, general director of the company.
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The company was first established in Mexico in 1991, under the name TESA Mexico. Then in 2001, TESA Mexico joined ASSA ABLOY, the world’s leading lock group. To reflect its position as a company within this group, the firm’s name changed to ASSA ABLOY OCCIDENTE.
Today, as the Mexican branch of ASSA ABLOY, the company produces lock sets and door opening solutions. The products of ASSA ABLOY OCCIDENTE are sold under three different brands: TESA, Yale, and Phillips. TESA locks are geared toward the high security commercial market; Yale products focus on the residential market; and the brand Phillips covers basic needs for the high volume security market.
The plant for ASSA ABLOY OCCIDENTE, while situated in Mexico, complies with international standards and regulations set up for the global door opening solutions market. It has ISO 14001- 2004 certification. It also supports the United Nations Global Compact and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) guidelines on environmental policy.
ASSA ABLOY OCCIDENTE benefits from its participation in the ASSA ABLOY group on a number of levels. As an international company, ASSA ABLOY offers a more complete range of door opening solutions than any other firm in its industry.
Operating under a vision to be the most innovative supplier of total door opening solutions, ASSA ABLOY continually invests in developing new products that offer increased value for customers while keeping product costs low. The company also strives to stay on top of current trends in the security industry. One of these trends involves a growing demand in the area of electromechanical security, where the group holds the top position in a number of segments, including access control, identification technology, entrance automation and hotel security.
ASSA ABLOY OCCIDENTE has increased its production levels in recent years at a significant rate. Much of this increase can be attributed to a growing demand for its products both in the United States and Canada. In the exports segment, “we’ve grown at a constant rate in the last years, and have become an essential part of the supply chain for other companies in the group,” notes Ashida.
The increase in demand has also led to changes and expansion at the company’s plant. “In 2004 we built a new factory to keep up with this growth,” explains Ashida. “This new factory has all of the latest technology and machinery to make our products. It also meets world class international standards.”
In the years to come, ASSA ABLOY OCCIDENTE has plans to continue leading the market in Mexico with its three brands of lock sets and door opening solutions and plans to continue expanding its product offerings in the next few years. “We want to focus not only on mechanical solutions, but also electromechanical solutions,” Ashida explains. For its exports division, the company has plans to continue increasing its levels of production to meet growing needs of other North American companies within the ASSA ABLOY group.
From its high quality products to its leadership roles in Mexico and North America, ASSA ABLOY OCCIDENTE has set the foundation needed to maintain its three strong brands and hold the top position in the market in the coming years. By fulfilling its efforts to emphasize innovation and meet international standards, the company will continue to provide the Mexican and North American markets with the best lock solutions for their security needs.