Locksmithing and security industry’s biggest trade expo
The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is set to host Europe’s largest trade exhibition for the locksmithing and physical security industry.
Suppliers and manufacturers will meet visitors from all over the world, including China, Australia and Russia, at the exhibition organised by the MLA – the leading trade association for the locksmithing profession – at the International Centre in Telford from October 2-4.
The theme of this year’s MLA Expo is ‘Tomorrow’s Locksmithing Today’ to help encourage and develop a future generation to the historic profession.
Nearly 100 exhibitors have already signed up to the biennial event, which sees locksmiths and suppliers from right across the world meet to exhibit products and services, discuss industry trends and take part in training courses.
MLA development director Dr Steffan George said:
“It is a truly global exhibition involving people from within the locksmithing industry, and it is the biggest Expo ever in this its 18th incarnation.
“It is one of the most anticipated events in the security industry calendar, and provides a fantastic opportunity for locksmith and security companies and professionals from around the world to come together. They can showcase their products and services, network, share knowledge and make new contacts.”
Representatives from the Police, insurance industry and Neighbourhood Watch will also be at the sold-out event, along with newly qualified apprentices as the organisation strives to secure the future of the industry and ensure locksmithing is seen as a potential career.
ASSA ABLOY – the world’s biggest supplier of locks and security solutions – joined forces with the MLA and Skills for Security – the skills body for the security industry – to support an apprenticeship scheme.
The locksmith apprenticeship was set up in January 2014 with a view to generating the first nationally recognised qualification for the locksmith sector, as well as securing its future by encouraging more young people to consider locksmithing as a profession.