History

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ASSA OEM AB is an ASSA ABLOY Group company, and was founded on the 1st of June 2007, by a merger of the three companies ASSA Industri AB, FIX AB and FAS Låsfabrik.

1849
On 30 July of 1849, the 23 year old journeyman locksmith, Frans August Stenman, applied to "have the right to become a citizen and become established as a manufacturer in this town".
He could confirm that he had a good knowledge of the Scriptures, that he had partaken of the Communion and was of "good reputation", and that he could do arithmetic and write. Together with the application he left a sample of work, a lock made with his own hand, as a masterwork.
The lock was approved several days later as "made with excellent skill".

On 13 August 1849 F A Stenman obtained his master craftsman's certificate and his certificate of citizenship after having sworn an oath of faith and loyalty as a citizen. Thus Frans August Stenman established FAS, the company which today is a part of ASSA OEM.

1853
In 1853 the factory was moved and started to concentrate on manufacturing locks. During the first few years spurs, snaffles and other products were also manufactured.

FAS Factory

1860s
In the 1860s, F A Stenman's locks started to gain international attention and they were awarded prizes at all major exhibitions; in London in 1862, Stockholm in 1866, Paris in 1867, Philadelphia in 1876 and Eskilstuna in 1878. In 1868, between 20 and 30 skilled workers were employed at the factory.

Factory workers 

1870s
In the 1870s, steam power began to be introduced, demand increased and the industry experienced a "major boom". In 1878, F A Stenman employed between 50 and 60 workers.

Traditional locksmith work

1889
In 1889, a completely new factory building was built and by that time the management of the company had in practice already been taken over by Frans August Stenman's son, Ernst Bernhard Stenman.

It may be noted that another of F A Stenman's sons, August Stenman, had established the company ASSA a few years earlier.

Ernst Bernard Stenman had never intended to take over his father's company as the role had been earmarked for his elder brother F O Stenman. When the latter died suddenly, just after taking over his father's company, Ernst took on the management of the family business.

 F A Stenamn new factory

1895
In 1895 turnover was up to 100,000 SEK and by the turn of the century the value of locks sold exceeded 130,000 SEK. Ernst Stenman strengthened and developed the company.

F A Stenman 

1924
Ernst Stenman died in 1924, and his son, Hugo Stenman, took over the management of the company which was converted to a limited company in 1926. The factory was rebuilt in 1927 and production increased. The Depression and the Second World War naturally did not pass without leaving their mark, but nevertheless the 1940s were characterised by optimism.

1925
The Fix trademark is registered, and Walter Bengtsson begins manufacturing and selling the patented Fix espagnolette. The business begins as a company trading under the name Fixfabriken Bengtsson & Co. The term "espagnolette" was the name given to an 18th Century French invention, the surface mounted espagnolette. The French word "espagnolette" means "the little Spanish lady".

Fix factory 1925 

1928
Espagnolettfabriken Fix AB is formed.

1938
Espagnolettfabriken Fix AB changes its name to Fixfabriken AB.

Fix lock 1929 

1947
Fixlight, a driving lamp for cars, buses and trams, is introduced.Takgöken (The roof fellow)

1950
The new FIX factory at Bruksgatan in Majorna is opened. Together with Gustav Larson and Assar Gabrielsson, the founders of Volvo, a driving lamp is developed for Volvo PV, the so-called "takgöken".

1950s
For FAS matters deteriorated in the 1950s and during the 1960s product development completely stagnated. The FAS company was on the way out when an outside individual, Eric Matsson, bought FAS. After 120 years, for the first time the Stenman family lost its influence as owners of the business.

1958
Fix develops a new paravane for leisure fishing, and the Surfing product group expands steadily over the next few years.

Fixlock – a buckle for work overalls

1960
The first plastic buckle is introduced, and thus begins the Fixlock product group.

1965-1969
Decline and near bankruptcy for FAS.

1969
Eric Matsson acquired F A Stenman (FAS).

1970s
A recovery for FAS built on the requirements of insurance companies for approved safety locks.

1972
In 1972 FAS moved to its current premises in Vilsta and at the same time its name was changed to AB FAS Låsfabrik.

1973
In 1973 half of the FAS shares were sold to the American Yale company, which then bought the remaining 50 percent in 1976.

 
1975
During the next 15 years, manufacturing of espagnolettes increases steadily and FIX expands substantially.

1983
Walter Bengtsson sells Fixfabriken to Birger Lindeblad.

1988
FIX starts supplying Andersen Windows in the USA, the world's largest manufacturer of windows.

1990
In 1990 FAS was acquired from Yale by Assa Industri AB.

1991
Abloy Security Group, from Finland, buys Fixfabriken and changes its name to FIX ABLOY AB.

1994
FIX ABLOY is certified according to ISO 9001.

1994
ASSA ABLOY is formed
through a merger of the lock groups Metra (Finnish) and Securitas (Swedish).

1995
FIX ABLOY is divided into FIX AB, Abloy AB and VingCard AB

1998
FIX is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001

1999
FIX is investing in new technology. The new production-line department is opened. This investment of SEK 6 million is the first step in a long-term plan to become "the best espagnolette factory in the world".

2000
FIX celebrates 75 years anniversary.
FIX has 260 employees and a turnover of 200 SEK M. 

2005
FIX buys Habo Industri

2007
ASSA OEM AB was founded on the 1st of June 2007, by a merger of the three companies Assa Industri AB, FIX AB and Fas Låsfabrik