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21st September 2022 Issue no. 623

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Happy 5th birthday Tradelocks!

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It doesn't seem that just 5 years ago Tradelocks launched in the UK market. Five years ago the Locksmith Industry had no knowledge of Tradelocks or Genuine Lishi, yet today they have more than 30 distributors and export to 25 countries!

Five years ago Locksmiths had no real access to affordable tools to make their lives easier. Five years ago there was just the MLA expo, and no trade publications except Keyways or online ezines - today there are 2 ezines and 3 trade magazines covering the UK. 

Today most people in the industry have heard about Tradelocks, and they now serve over 1000 locksmiths in the UK. But the impact of Tradelocks on the market has been far wider than just making tools accessible. The Locksmith started as an idea Tradelocks had, and they went to The Locksmiths former owner and offered to underwrite all their development and set up costs. Tradelocks felt that the industry needed a voice outside of Keyways that got to the non MLA members. Tradelocks also backed the launch of Locks and Security News, and the Locksmith Exhibition, as well as sponsoring the MLA expo, the ALA expo, the Locksmith Expo twice and ALEX twice. They have also sponsored Just Cars in the USA twice and the MAA in Australia once.

Tradelocks has supported the industry and helped its development, and yet, as David Jennings, MD of UAP Ltd, states "we don't even think we have started to maximise our potential, and we have a lot more to do!" David continues, "Five years ago we entered the market with a few Chinese tools, and a range of try out keys and jigglers. Today we have over 150 specialist tools, plus over 200 different Genuine Lishi tools. We offer Locksmiths everyday items from Rim Cylinders to Mortice Locks to Euro Cylinders." 

"So we are proud to stand here 5 years later having achieved so much. But we will never ever rest on our laurels because we have so much more to do. We have a lot of new products to launch in this our 5th birthday year, and here's just a glimpse;

* Genuine Lishi Night Vision 3-in-1 Ignition Adjusted Range launches September 2014
* Genuine Lishi Key Cutting Machine launches September 2014
* Genuine Lishi Key Cloner launches August 2014
* Tradelocks Generation 3 Pick Gun launches September 2014
* Cylinder Ripper launches October 2014
* Full Tibbe Kit launches August 2014

And where can Tradelocks be found over the next year? Tradelocks will be supporting our distributors during 2014-15 in UK shows. We will also be exhibiting at ELF in Dublin in May 2015; ALOA 2015 in the USA; and MLA Australia in October 2014." David concludes, "So thanks for the first 5 years. We have done a lot of good things. We know we made a few mistakes, and we have gone out of our way to rectify those. And during the next 5 years we promise to become your chosen supplier and give you the best service and support in the industry!"

3rd September 2014

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