John Lowe and Thomas Fletcher founded their lock making business in Willenhall, England, one of more than 300 lock manufacturers in the area at the time. Their fledgling company specialised in the finest craftsman made locks in brass, bronze and polished gunmetal.
The company launches the highest quality brass padlocks and establishes itself as a leading supplier of locks for ships. This is recognised by becoming an official Admiralty and War Office Contractor.
The Willenhall site develops from its workshop origins with increased mechanisation of production processes.
Mortice Locks are introduced to the Lowe & Fletcher range and become a core product line for the next thirty years.
Disc Tumbler Locks are introduced and the factory modernised to manufacture larger quantities.
The success of Disc Tumbler Locks enables the business to enter a new phase of growth and profitability.
A new factory is opened at Bilston.
A major fire at the Willenhall factory leads to a complete rebuild.
Lowe & Fletcher Metal Finishing is established in Bloxwich.
Our first overseas operation opened in South Africa.
Another year of expansion as Euro-Locks is established in Bastogne, Belgium. It is now our largest manufacturing site.
Lowe & Fletcher Australia is opened spreading our global reach.
Euro-Locks France is established in the town of Folschviller to support further growth in our European operations.
Euro-Locks Germany is established in the town of Sulzbach to serve the Germanic markets and increase the manufacturing capacity of the European operation.
100 years of Lowe & Fletcher is celebrated by a visit from HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Increased opportunities in Eastern and Central Europe see the establishment of Euro-Locks Poland, in the town of Ruda.
Lowe & Fletcher Wednesbury is opened as the main UK manufacturing site.
Euro-Locks America is founded in Holland, Michigan, to meet the needs of a growing customer base in the USA.
Lowe & Fletcher acquire the BLE Group which specialises in commercial lighting, security systems and smoke and fire curtains.
Euro-Locks China is established in Jiashan to serve the Far Eastern market.
Lowe & Fletcher Wednesbury launch a range of digital locking solutions.
Lowe & Fletcher celebrates 125 years of business.
The Group acquires Coopers Fire.
New Lowe & Fletcher Group branding introduced to support the divisional operating brands.
Our Group can trace its origins back to 1889 when John Lowe and Thomas Fletcher established a lock making business in Willenhall, the home of the British lock making industry in the famed Black County industrial heartland of the British Empire.
Today we remain the only sizeable family owned lock maker still operating in the Black Country. However, over the last 125 years we have grown into a truly international business with factories and operations across Europe and America. Whilst locking systems are still a large part of our business we have also diversified into safety and security products.
The interactive timeline above gives a brief overview of key developments in our first 125 years.