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Chubb Security

Chubb Fire & Security
Type Subsidiary of UTC
Industry Fire and Security
Founded 1818
Founders Charles & Jeremiah Chubb
Headquarters Middlesex, United Kingdom
Key people Simon Quillish
Parent United Technologies Corporation

Chubb Fire & Security is a fire and security business. It is owned by United Technologies Corporation.


  • History 1
  • Operations 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Company was founded by Charles and Jeremiah Chubb, who patented their Chubb detector lock in 1818. The Company won a government competition for a lock which could not be opened other than by its own key.[1] In 1835, the company produced its first Chubb safe at its factory in Wolverhampton and, in the second half of the 19th century, the company expanded into the US and produced a time lock that was fitted to bank vaults across the country.[2] In the 1800s, Chubb gained some important customers such as the Duke of Wellington and the Bank of England.[3] Over the next 100 years the company turned out more than 2.5m locks.[2]

After World War II, Chubb expanded its operations in 17 countries. From being a single company manufacturing specialized security products it turned into a broad based group of companies covering not only many aspects of security but fire protection as well. The company went on to acquire a number of rival firms including Chatwood-Milner Ltd. (1958), Burgot Alarms Ltd and Rely-a-Bell (1962), Read and Campbell Limited (1964), Josiah Parkes and Sons Ltd. (1965) and The Pyrene Company Limited (1967).[4]

It was bought by Racal Electronics in 1984 from which it was demerged in 1992 before being acquired by Williams Holdings in 1997[5] as the latter company sought to build a security-focused conglomerate. Chubb was again demerged in 2000.[2]

In 2000 Chubb sold Chubb Locks, its lock and safe-making unit, to Assa Abloy of Sweden and concentrated on security systems such as door access and CCTV systems.[6] In 2002 Chubb held intensive acquisitions talks with Sweden-based Securitas, the world's biggest security services business. After 18 months of negotiations,[7] the talks were called off on the grounds that the deal would not be "financially attractive" to either company's shareholders.[8] In 2003 Chubb was acquired for £622m by United Technologies Corporation.[9] In 2007 UTC bought Initial Fire and Security, the security arm of Rentokil Initial and proceeded to merge the business and its assets with Chubb in UTC Fire & Security. In 2013, Chubb's Australian cash in transit business was sold to Prosegur.[10]

Chubb Engineer


Chubb subsidiaries around the world now form an important part of the UTC Business & Industrial Systems Division.

See also


  1. ^ A Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers, A Gazetteer of Lock and Key Makers
  2. ^ a b c COMPANIES & FINANCE UK & IRELAND: Chubb's safe blown wide open but will there be anything left inside?, Financial Times, Apr 23, 2003
  3. ^ The History of Chubb Locks Custodial Services, Chubb Locks Custodial
  4. ^ "Early Sales/Offices/ChubbGroup/1980s & on". Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  5. ^ Williams of Britain to buy Chubb Security New York Times, 15 February 1997
  6. ^ Troubled Chubb agrees £622m UTC takeover, The Independent
  7. ^ Securitas halts Chubb merger, BBC News Online
  8. ^ Chubb slips as Securitas calls off acquisition talks,
  9. ^ United Technologies of US is in talks on £1bn takeover of Chubb, Financial Times, Apr 21, 2003
  10. ^ Prosegur Compania de Seguridad SA through subsidiary acquires Chubb Security Services Pty Limited, Reuters, Dec 16, 2013

External links

  • Official site
  • UTC Fire & Security site
  • Official Website of Chubb Australia
  • Official Website of Chubb Hong Kong
  • Official Website of Chubbsafes Taiwan
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