Four years after Assa Abloy expressed its regrets about the company’s involvement in the occupation – Mul-T-Lock (Assa Abloy’s full subsidiary) finally relocated its factory from the Barkan Industrial Zone in the West bank.
Following several news items regarding the relocation of Mul-T-Lock's factory from the Barkan settlement to the Israeli city of Yanve, Who Profits investigated these reports. The information was confirmed in a telephone conversation between a Who Profits researcher and the company's customer service representative. Moreover, the company's president, Alon Lumbroso, sent an official reply (attached) to Who Profits, stating: "Since December 2011, our company has not carried out any activity in Barkan".
Mul-T-Lock manufactures locks and cylinders for security doors. The company is a part of the Swedish group Assa Abloy, and is traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).
During October 2008, Diakonia, Church of Sweden and SwedWatch have jointly published a report about Mul-T-Lock and Assa Abloy. Consequently, Assa Abloy has stated that its involvement in the Israeli occupation is "inappropriate" and declared that the plant would be moved from the illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.