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A Huge Success for Europe’s Largest Locksmith Exhibition – MLA Expo 2019

MLA-Expo-2019-Europes-largest-locksmith-exhibition-outside-venueRecord numbers of attendees visited MLA Expo 2019, the largest locksmith event in Europe, hosted by the Master Locksmith Association and sponsored by DOM-UK.

The 20th event was hailed as the most successful to date with a 32% rise in numbers in the halls over the 3 days. 

DOM UK Stand at MLA Expo 2019 Shot 1
MLA Expo 2019 Inside VenueThe biennial trade show is Europe’s premier locksmith exhibition for the locksmith and security industry. Initial figures show that the three-day exhibition attracted over 3,500 attendees from across Europe, with an unprecedented sell-out of many of the 80 training courses held during the event.

Over 100 lock manufacturers, locksmith tool and security product suppliers exhibited across the two halls. Demonstrations, training courses, seminars and new product launches were all held during the event with special MLA Expo deals available for visitors.

Codelocks Stand at MLA Expo 2019


Attendees travelled from across Europe to attend the show which received overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors.

Feedback showed that visitors and exhibitors appreciated the professionalism of the event and understood the importance and value in attending to see and hear about the latest industry trends and product innovations as well as attending discussions and presentations on the issues affecting the industry.

Mul-T-Lock Stand at MLA Expo 2019

The feedback was the best we had ever received from exhibitors and visitors, some had the following to say:

“As ever the MLA team put on a great show, allowing us to connect with many new/existing Locksmiths. We look forward to 2021!”
Mul-T-Lock (Exhibitor)

“It’s been a really good show actually, really busy and a really varied levels of interest”
ABUS (Exhibitor)

“We worked the best show ever with quality visitors throughout the 3 days and exceptional organisation in all areas. Well done to the MLA Team.”
ABS Avocet (Exhibitor)

Another lock manufacturer who hadn’t exhibited commented on how large, professional and busy the show was, highlighting they had made a mistake in not being there but they would be exhibiting next time.

Visitors to the exhibition were also full of praise:

“We had two new members of staff who commented that they learnt so much just talking to manufacturers and looking at the products on display.”
– Nick Williams, Brinnick Locksmiths

“A great show, all I needed in one place, first class training and meeting my colleagues and fellow Professionals, bring on 2021.”
– P.Collins (Visitor)

We are already planning to bring MLA Expo back in 2021 and are working closely with our colleagues the Auto Locksmiths Association who run the area called ‘The Garage’ which showcases products and services specific to the auto-locksmithing industry and on-vehicle training area.


Awards at MLA Expo 2019

Each exhibition awards are given to exhibitors, of which there are three categories, the winners of the awards at MLA Expo 2019 went to the following:


One of the most prestigious awards in the industry is the best product award at MLA Expo.

Previous winners of this award have been Sashstop for their sash jammer and MasterLock for their bluetooth padlock.

The 2019 winner for the best product award went to Fin Lock for The Fin Lock.

“We are delighted that the uniqueness of the The FinLock has been recognised. It will be available to order at a special introductory price from January 2020.”
– Tim Finn

What is the Fin Lock?

The FinLock is a unique, fail-safe, high security, automatic mortised deadbolt which raises the security threshold to a new level and is suitable for residential or commercial use.

The Fin Lock - best product at MLA Expo 2019

Award presented by MLA President Gary Eckersall


The Fin Lock - MLA Expo Stand and Lock
The Fin Lock - MLA Expo Stand with Tim Finn



The most creative stand award at MLA Expo 2019 was ISEO / M-Marcus.

Previous winners of this award have included Burg Wachter, ERA & Aldridge.

M Marcus ISEO - most creative stand at MLA Expo 2019

Presented to M-Marcus Commercial Manager Neil-Sheane Smith by Gary Eckersall and Julian Korosec

M Marcus ISEO Stand at MLA EXpo 2019 - Inside view entire

M Marcus ISEO Stand at MLA EXpo 2019 - Inside view

M Marcus ISEO Stand at MLA Expo 2019 - Front View


The Winner of the best stand for 2019 went to Aldridge Security.

Previous winners of this award have included APECS & DOM (Ronis Dom).

Aldridge Security - best stand at MLA Expo 2019

Presented by MLA President Gary Eckersall


Aldridge Security Stand at MLA Expo

Aldridge Security Stand at MLA Expo Close up

Aldridge Security Stand at MLA Expo Close Up Shot

About MLA Expo

Historically, the MLA Expo started life as a small event hosted in hotels, it has grown significantly over the past 20 years and is now the largest Locksmith and Security event of its kind in Europe, requiring a purpose-built exhibition venue of 6000+ square meters to accommodate the number of exhibitors and visitors who attend.

More information about the event please visit the MLA expo website.

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