VingCard Elsafe Locks Up Sustainability, Replacing Brass-Plated Materials With Stainless Steel


DALLAS – April, 19 2012 – VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, announces that it has phased out the use of brass metal plating and painting in the manufacture of its locking systems, opting instead to use a more eco-friendly process to color stainless steel. These finishes represent 90% of the total manufacturing volume and are applicable to more than 50% of the decorative parts. The change in materials will have a significant and immediate impact on VingCard Elsafe’s environmental footprint, dramatically reducing harmful emissions caused by the manufacture of brass-coated equipment. Approximately 100 tons of brass metal will be replaced with stainless steel as a result of the switch.

VingCard Elsafe has adopted a new method of metal coloration called physical vapor deposition, or PVD, an environmentally friendly process that involves vaporizing an alloy onto stainless steel within a heated vacuum. PVD requires no chemicals and produces no waste or hazardous materials of any kind, resulting in no environmental impact whatsoever. The PVD process has other added benefits, as well. PVD-treated surfaces have high wear resistance for discoloration, and the stainless steel adds enhanced anti-corrosion properties.

The previous process to create brass-coated doorknobs and latches required either plating or painting, both of which had negative environmental effects. Brass plating resulted in gaseous emissions of alkaline and acid vapors, along with the release of toxic chromium and other pollutants. Brass painting, meanwhile, released volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere, some of which could be hazardous when inhaled and which contributed to photochemical smog. In making the switch to stainless steel and PVD, VingCard Elsafe has eliminated chromium waste and VOC dispersals by 100 percent, while sulfuric acid and hydrogen chloride are cut by 90 percent and 30 percent, respectively. Furthermore, stainless steel reduces CO2 emission by 80% compared to brass.

Besides eliminating the negative environmental effects of the brass plating process, the move by VingCard Elsafe to simplify its lock manufacturing process has had other related green benefits. By doing away with the need for secondary surface treatments of the locks, new product components are now supplied directly from metal stamping to the point of use in the assembly line. This means less shipping and transportation is required for product manufacture, resulting in a diminished carbon footprint.

Several VingCard Elsafe lock designs required no changes to comply with the company’s green initiatives, including products with satin and polished chrome finishes. Both satin and polished chrome are provided as natural surfaces, with no additional surface treatments necessary.

“The global hospitality industry is a massive consumer of energy and natural resources and, as such, has increasingly focused on green initiatives in recent years, in order to reduce its environmental impact,” said Lars Wittemann, (VP Operations). “Through adjustments to our manufacturing process and other eco-friendly programs throughout the organization, we are helping our hotel customers around the world to maximize their own green initiatives and contributing to the overall reduction in global warming. As one of the industry’s largest suppliers, we feel it is our responsibility to lead, not only in advanced technology solutions, but also in our commitment to sustainable solutions that help protect the future of our planet”, said Wittemann.

VingCard Elsafe is the world leader in developing locking systems, electronic in-room safes and energy management solutions for the hospitality industry, offering user-friendly systems that meet the unique operational needs of hotels and resorts. For more information, please visit

About VingCard Elsafe
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 42,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 7 million hotel rooms and is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company. VingCard provides numerous electronic locking system solutions, including traditional magnetic-stripe, smartcard systems and the latest RFID electronic locks compatible with the main ISO standards: ISO 14.443A (MIFARE), ISO 14.443B, ISO15.693 and NFC-compatible (Near Field Communication), fully integrated PMS interface software solutions, as well as the world leader in wireless online locking solutions for hotels based on ZigBee secured open platform. VingCard has worldwide service and support in more than 166 countries. Elsafe provides the only UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series on the market today in keypad and card-based models. Elsafe Safes include a UL-listed internal power outlet to support recharging of laptops and camcorders, full wireless online capabilities and RFID versions compatible with VingCard system. Elsafe customers also enjoy the same worldwide service and support. Orion by VingCard Elsafe is the new Energy Management Solution that reduces energy consumption, ensures guest comfort and contributes to improve hotels green initiatives. The ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group is dedicated to the hospitality industry. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit