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About Afro Exports Ltd

Afro Exports Ltd, based in the UK, was established in 1983 and achieved an excellent reputation as a reliable, trustworthy supplier of goods. With this impeccable reputation it was able to expand into the hospitality industry through installation and servicing of superior quality VingCard Elsafe door locks and safes. Afro Exports has been representing VingCard Elsafe since 1994 and has been the sole distributor for VingCard Elsafe in East and West Africa since 1998. The company has grown to become East and West Africa’s largest supplier of quality guest room locking solutions and security equipment. We have carried out over 500 installations involving over 75,000 units in 28 different countries, and provide support to over 350 hotels.

VingCard Elsafe & ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions

VingCard Elsafe is owned by ASSA ABLOY Group who are acknowledged pioneers and world leaders in the provision of quality locking systems.

ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions is a division of ASSA ABLOY Group. It has been an industry pioneer and world leading brand for forty years, leading the security technology industry by reimagining how people move through their world.

In order to understand these companies we need to start at the beginning……

The story began in 1974 when lock maker Tor Sørnes heard reports about a woman being attacked by an intruder who broke into her hotel room. Her story inspired him to invent a better door opening system – he wanted hotel guests and travellers to feel safe no matter where they were staying.

The invention was VingCard, the world’s first recodable keycard door lock. This invention completely revolutionised hotel security and electronic locking systems. VingCard quickly became the global leader in room security for the hospitality industry.

At the same time, Bjørn Lyng, who was working on the world’s first electronic in-room safe, founded Elsafe. The two joined forces in 1994 to in order to better serve their customers and grow the company.

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Since its incorporation VingCard has been awarded more than 60 patents. Today, under the re-branding as ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions, the company manufactures and supplies top of the range, innovative hardware and software products. ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions’ determination and ability to create, innovate and use advanced technology are the foundations of its ability to continue setting standards for the hospitality industry.

ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions has products installed in more than 42,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 7 million hotel rooms. It’s intensive international network covers more than 166 countries.

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ASSA ABLOY is the largest global supplier of intelligent lock and security solutions. One in every 10 lock and security installations worldwide uses its products.

ASSA ABLOY was formed in 1994 through the merger of ASSA in Sweden and Abloy in Finland. Since then ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company to an international group, traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, with around 44,000 employees and annual sales close to SEK 57 billion.

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20 years of innovation and growth at ASSA ABLOY