01Safe being assembled
02Bank vault door
03Parma Antonio & Figli’s mechanical combination lock
04Brothers Alberto (left) and Emanuele Parma
05Parma Antonio & Figli’s popular Series E safe
06Parma Antonio & Figli logo
07Giorgio Amedeo (right) inspects assembly of a vault on-site at a firm that stores and transports artworks in Milan
08Vault at Cariplo bank
Panels are cut
Steel sheets up to 2cm thick are laser-cut to make wall panels and other safe components.
The safe takes shape
A four-man team begins assembly by hand-welding edges and corners.
Safe walls are lined with one of seven cement mixtures prepared on site and left to dry for 24 hours.
Steel keys, bronze mechanical combination locks and electronic keypads made in-house undergo testing.
The top dogs of security
Since 1891, Helsinki-based Kaso has specialised in security. Besides its portfolio of prefab strongrooms and secure filing cabinets for clients such as Siemens and Finnish government ministries, the company makes custom- isable safes for homeowners with doors available in birch.
Founded in 1764, Sweden’s Gunnebo has morphed from a humble maker of nails into a €650m conglomerate that works to keep cash safely under wraps. The company’s key holdings include UK-based Chubbsafes and French locksmith giant Fichet-Bauche.
Started in 1858 in Hanover, Bode-Panzer has carved out a niche as a manufacturer of safes used in automated cash machines.