History

Plenty of things have changed at EVVA since the company was established as Erfindungs-Versuchs-Verwertungs-Anstalt:

from its establishment in 1919, the first lock in 1937 and modernisation measures in the 1970s to now one of Europe's leading security companies. EVVA as a family-owned business has always stayed true to its fundamental values innovation and quality throughout all these years.

"Erfindungs-Versuchs-Verwertungs-Anstalt" - in English, Invention, Experimentation and Application Institute.

In 1919 three engineers decided to bundle their inventive spirit. They established a company trading as Erfindungs-Versuchs-Verwertungs-Anstalt intended to bring ideas and inventions to life. We have retained this innovative spirit for all those years to this day. EVVA's over 200 national and international patents underline this today.

1937 was a year dominated by global unrest. In this time of crisis, EVVA increasingly dedicated efforts towards security technology and developed the first patent for a cylinder padlock. Thanks to this innovation made by EVVA everyone could at least feel safe and secure in their own home. The success of this first lock laid the foundations for the next decades during which EVVA developed into being a synonym for security.

Reinventing the lock

At EVVA the 1970s were dominated by restructuring efforts. In only a few years the family-owned company changed from an industrial company to a cutting-edge security enterprise under the management of Nikolaus Bujas. Investment in machinery and extensions of in-house research and development department created the basis for the success in the future.

To this day, employees represent a major innovative force at EVVA – 20 inventors and engineers permanently create new ideas and implement them as future-proof locking systems in our research and development department.

Worldwide export and expansion

The path to modernisation and internationalisation continued under new management at the end of the 1970s. On the basis of his father in-law's reforms Sven Berlage established a worldwide network. Thanks to his commitment, EVVA became a European enterprise with subsidiaries in numerous countries and exports throughout the world.

Into the future with security

Under the management of Stefan Ehrlich-Adám EVVA is proving today that family-owned businesses can also be globally successful. EVVA is one of the leading manufacturers of security technology in Europe and is represented by its ten subsidiaries in ten countries and exports throughout the globe. Thanks to tried and tested quality and unique innovations EVVA is well prepared to continue to enhance its position as a leading European company in the future.

EVVA Zeitreise / Time Travel
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1919 Setting off into the unknown
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1920 EVVA gets its name
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1923 The first lock
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1925 EVVA Schmierfettfabrik, or lubricant factory.
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1930 Karl Jindrich
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1936 The first patent
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1937 Custom-made security
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1938 The end is near
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1940 GS
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1944 EVVA has to shut down.
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1945 The new company
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1945 EVVA is saved
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1955 Good times…
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1955 Wienerbergstrasse 63-65
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1958 Jindrich's legacy
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1960 The expansion begins
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1973 Madness vs. foresight
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1973 Nikolaus Bujas
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1973 The wrong anniversary.
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1973 … Bad times
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1974 EVVA re-invents itself
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1976 GPI-P
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1977 ELCA and EVVA
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1977 Digitally on the move
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1977 Out into the world
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1977 The next patent
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1978 EVVA grows.
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1979 MCS
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1981 EVVA enters the Dutch market
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1983 Computer-aided manufacturing
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1983 K900 and K9000
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1984 Gold for MCS
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1984 Austria Quality Seal
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1987 SATTELIT
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1987 The third generation
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1988 E700 and E7000
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1990 ESKIS / Ikotron
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1990 Anti-panic lock
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1991 EVVA spol. s.r.o. Prague
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1992 DPS
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1992 EMZY
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1992 Electronic access control
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1993 ISO/IEC 9001
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1993 EVVA s.r.o. Nitra
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1993 3KS.
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1995 Tesa
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1996 SYMO
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1996 ECS
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1999 Farewell and renewal
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2000 EVVA gets involved in Salto
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2000 ALS, DUAL and ELMO arrive
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2000 ‘Access to security’.
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2001 Subsidiary established in Poland
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2005 EVVA, the sustainability pioneer
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2005 A subsidiary is established in Switzerland
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2006 EPS and FPS arrive
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2009 e-primo arrives
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2009 ICS arrives. An innovation!
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2009 Subsidiary established in Belgium
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2010 Subsidiary established in Italy
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2011 Environment Award!
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2012 TRIGOS Award
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2012 Design prize for the lock bar
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2012 EVVA develops its own electronics
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2014 EVVA’s CEO is entrepreneur of the year
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2014 EVVA electronic systems arrive
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2015 EVVA wins ‘Call Pro Industry’
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2017 The hybrid cylinder arrives.
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2017 EVVA Family Day
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2017 Subsidiary established in Sweden
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2017 AccessDesigner, Design Key and 4KS arrive
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2019 Logo over the course of time
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2019 Anniversary remarks from Ehrlich-Adàm, CEO
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2019 Das Video zur 100 Jahre Feier
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2019 Lifelong development
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2019 Long-standing partnership
Awards

The development of state-of-the-art technologies and the need to continually adapt to new demands are indispensable for EVVA. This is the only way we can maintain our high level of innovative force. Our numerous awards bear witness of this.

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