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EMKA France on course for growth

Each EMKA location worldwide is characterised by a special feature – for EMKA France Fort, it is top-quality locking cylinders and keys. In order to further expand the production of these locking systems, EMKA has decided to double the facility’s area at the Henriville site by summer 2024.

EMKA France Fort produces locking cylinders and keys in various complex designs. Its business field comprises a portfolio of almost 5,000 locks with over 30,000 different locking functions. In order to further expand production in the future, EMKA is doubling the production area at the Henriville site. The site was last expanded in 2001. The current building offers an area of 2,400 m2. Including a new building next to it, this area will now be increased to 4,800 m2. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building project took place on 14 September 2023.

The production-only site in Henriville near the German-French border mainly manufactures locks and locking systems for control cabinets, lock boxes, lockers, and letterboxes. Specific locking projects include protective boxes for vehicle batteries, streetlamps, and food vending machines.

In addition, Henriville products are also used in gambling machines, vehicles, petrol pumps, lifts, ski roof racks and much more. The monthly volume is over 500,000 locks of various types – up to ten million parts leave the factory every year.

Around 90 percent of these products are exported to EMKA Germany. From there, EMKA ships the products to its customers in Germany and to 60 countries via its worldwide distribution network.

The team in Henriville comprises 38 employees. The site has a design office, a quality department, a logistics department, and its own purchasing department. Thus, the final locking cylinders and keys are refined on-site from the first draft and then manufactured. The parts are produced quickly and with high precision in two shifts. The many small individual parts require extraordinary skills. With zinc die-casting machines as well as automated insertion and assembly machines, EMKA in Henriville relies on a high degree of automation.

Fast deliveries are ensured by keeping semi-finished parts in stock, ready to be assembled based on customer needs.

In addition, EMKA’s high level of development means that it can also go the extra mile when it comes to customising products.

“Our daily challenge is to respond quickly to all requests and to deliver our products at the best conditions”, says Xavier Olivero, General Manager at EMKA France.

The new building is expected to meet the latest standards and be completed in the summer of 2024.

Besides the production area, the expansion will also include a showroom.

„With the investment in the expansion, we want to expand our activities in the future and realise new projects,“ Andreas Prellwitz, member of the management at EMKA France and Managing Director at EMKA subsidiary Strenger, summarises the goals of the expansion.