A SECURE CONNECTION BASED ON TRADITION AND INNOVATION
Backed by over 160 years of security and safety experience, Trelock develops and produces bicycle accessories in Münster – and is gearing up for the future with a combination of highly stable mechanics and state-of-the-art digital technology.
Design development on computers, a photometric laboratory, an indoor splash water test system – at the Trelock GmbH Innovation Center in Münster, the bicycle capital of Germany, you immediately sense that this is a place where high-tech products are made. Bicycle locks have long since left the realm of pure mechanics. In 2015, for example, Trelock introduced the world’s first frame lock with keyless, contactless technology. The company’s range of bike lights includes, among others, a model with a digital level function for dazzle-free light adjustment and a powerbank function for charging a smartphone. And today many e-bike riders – usually without knowing it – are relying on the built-in displays that Trelock supplies to well-known manufacturers.
From the industrial revolution to the digital revolution
In the mid-19th century when August Winkhaus laid the cornerstone for the future Trelock brand with his hardware store and the production of padlocks that soon followed, the world was still steeped in the industrial revolution, not the digital. Nevertheless, Winkhaus quickly acquired a global presence. Even before the dawning of the 20th century, his small locks were being exported to Asia Minor and the Far East. The specific production of bicycle locks and bells began in the 1950s under the name of Trelock. Today, Trelock is one of the most well-known bicycle equipment brands in existence – and, since 2015, is once again “Made in Germany.”
Made in Germany
Although development always remained in Germany, the company moved its entire production to Asia in 1979 and then, after a management buyout in 2001 and as a result of several strategic decisions, moved it back to its Münster headquarters in 2015. At the newly created TRELOCK Innovation Center, which employs around 65 people, development, production, and logistics are now working hand in hand, making it possible to create and deliver state-of-the-art products in Trelock’s bicycle lighting, lock, and display divisions even more efficiently based on ISO-certified processes.
Synergies in safety and security
Since 2016, Trelock has also been part of the Allegion family of brands. The Münster-based company benefits from the resources and opportunities of an international conglomerate that has committed itself to the safety of people and protection of the environment. Synergistic connections are made between Trelock’s expertise acquired over a period of more than 160 years and the know-how of companies in the Allegion group, including the latest addition, the Dutch IoT specialist Conneqtech. In meeting the challenges associated with the digital transformation and the growing pressure to innovate, the Westphalians are thus well equipped to offer end customers and bicycle manufacturers optimal products and to stand out from global competitors as a modern, traditional brand. “Mechanics and digital systems, hardware and software, B2B and B2C – we work at the interface between different worlds to support our customers with safe, secure, smart, and integrated solutions,” says a justifiably confident John Stanley, Managing Director at Trelock GmbH.
|Dimension:||2000 x 1232 px
16.93 x 10.43 cm