Assa Abloy has signed an agreement to sell its Nordic locksmith business Certego to Nalka Invest. According to Assab Abloy, this transaction reinforces the strategic focus on the core security solutions business of its Opening Solutions EMEIA Division.
Certego is a locksmith and security solutions installation business in the Nordic region. It provides planning, installation and managing of mechanical, electro-mechanical and electronic security solutions for customers across multiple verticals. The business has a network of around 70 locations with some 1,200 employees in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.
“I find it satisfying that with Nalka Invest we were able to find a committed, experienced owner that gives the business a new home and creates new opportunities for the future,” said Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of Assa Abloy.
“Recent trends in the security solutions installation market, including the growing need to offer a comprehensive range of different solutions, has led us to reconsider the merits of continued ownership of Certego,” added Neil Vann, Executive Vice President of Assa Abloy and Head of its EMEIA Division. “We have concluded that a divestment would allow EMEIA to focus resources in its core business. I am confident that Nalka Invest will take Certego to the next level as part of their business transformation and wish them and the Certego team every success in their future endeavors.”
The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2021.