ASSA ABLOY is 2018 supplier of the year In the evening of 20 March, as the kickoff for this year's fensterbau frontale in Nuremberg in Germany, the "Eiserner Gustav" for the supplier of the year was awarded. The EBH chose ASSA ABLOY Sicherheitstechnik GmbH as the overall winner. Andreas Wagener, Managing Director Sales and Marketing of ASSA ABLOY Sicherheitstechnik, was happy to accept the "Grosser Eiserner Gustav". The manufacturer of locking solutions and security systems ASSA ABLOY has continuously expanded its external operations and sales, employed a sustainable personnel policy and worked on innovative solutions in its development department over the past few years. A market research analysis at the start of the year found that the long-term strategy is paying off. The customers particularly praised the large number of new, innovative products, the service and advice. Now this strategy has been crowned with an award: the "Grosser Eiserner Gustav" is the award for the 2018 supplier of the year. Nominated in all ten categories, such as product quality, innovative product strategy or sales quality, ASSA ABLOY emerged as the overall winner in the evaluation. ASSA ABLOY is purposefully developing itself and its products Andreas Wagener expressed his satisfaction in being able to "deliver a consistently very good performance in each individual category." He already accepted the "Eiserner Gustav" in the area of product quality back in 2016. "We want to offer our customers new solutions again and again with real added quality and a first-class service. And this includes us continuously working on ourselves and growing ourselves," says Wagener. Over the past ten years the sales advisers have been boosted to 70 employees. Furthermore, in a development centre, innovative products are continuously researched and their high quality ensured. EBH members honour the overall performance of ASSA ABLOY The "Eiserner Gustav" is awarded by EBH Euro Baubeschlag-Handel AG. As the largest cooperation of building fittings in Europe, it founded the award in 2012. Since then it has been awarded on the eve of the Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremberg. As a trade fair for companies in the areas of windows, doors and escutcheons the event offers the right setting for the award. With the prize the EBH expresses the appreciation of its members for the particularly exemplary work of its suppliers. The winners are determined in a corresponding online vote amongst the member companies. A tireless driver as a role model The name of the prize is derived from the coach driver Gustav Hartmann, who, during the global economic crisis of 1928, made a journey from Berlin to Paris and back in its cab in order to earn money for his family. According to legend the journey was a campaign both against the downfall of the coaching trade and the rising number of cars. His high motivation and the great dedication that he dedicated to his goal inspired the EBH to name the prize of the supplier of the year after him and therefore to honour the top services of the winner, which this year was ASSA ABLOY Sicherheitstechnik GmbH.