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Swedish firm to quit West Bank


Michal Levertov, The Jewish Chronicle
30 October 2008

A Swedish company has apologised for setting up a factory in a settlement-based industrial zone and announced it will move it within Israel.

The board of Assa Abloy, which acquired locksmith company Mul-T-Lock in 2000, is to relocate the factory from the Barkan industrial zone in the West Bank following the publication of a report last month by Swedish human-rights group Diakonia, business-monitoring NGO SwedWatch and the Church of Sweden.

The report alleged that the location of the factory might open the owners up to prosecution.

An Assa Abloy spokesman said: "We are very sorry that we did not notice it before, but we did not understand that we might be violating international law."

Source: http://www.thejc.com/articles/swedish-firm-quit-west-bank





Assa Abloy's illegal Mul-T-Lock plant in Barkan on the West Bank (photo:Diakonia)


ASSA ABLOY moves the production unit from Barkan


Assa Abloy Press Release
21 Oct 2008


As a response to received questions concerning the production unit in Barkan on the West Bank and referring to yesterday's press release ASSA ABLOY makes the following clarification:

The production will be moved. The purpose and task of the internal investigation is to plan the move in an orderly way.

ASSA ABLOY would also like to take the opportunity to underline that the investment in the Barkan facility was made in 1984, more than 15 years before Mul-T-Lock was acquired. During ASSA ABLOY's period of ownership of Mul-T-Lock no expansion has taken place and investments have mainly been for replacement of the acquired machine park.

ASSA ABLOY can only in this context regret that the inappropriateness has not been noted internally, during the eight years of ownership, of having a production unit on the West Bank.


For more information, please contact:
Ann Holmberg, manager Corporate Communications +46 8 506 485 54

Source: http://www.assaabloy.com/Web/Apps/IR/PressRelease.aspx?id=38608&epslanguage=EN&portletId=38609&pressrelease=1261683


ASSA ABLOY's production unit in Barkan


Assa Abloy Press Release
20 Oct 2008


ASSA ABLOY acquired the Israeli lock company Mul-T-Lock in 2000. The company has operations in Israel and on the West Bank. Mul-T-Lock was founded in 1973 and the operation on the West Bank started in 1984.

An independent report has stated the inappropriate that the Mul-T-Lock subsidiary has a production unit in Barkan, West Bank.

ASSA ABLOY has been influenced by the report regarding the operation in Barkan, and after consideration has decided to review the situation. An internal project group has been set up with the assignment to investigate the requirements to move the production.

For more information, please contact:
Ann Holmberg, Manager Corporate Communications, tel no: +46 8 506 485 72

Source: http://www.assaabloy.com/Web/Apps/IR/PressRelease.aspx?id=38608&epslanguage=EN&portletId=38609&pressrelease=1261322



Swedish human-rights group Diakonia
report on Mul-T-Lock


DownloadReport on Mul-T-Lock (PDF) (2.7Mb)


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