Old 'restricted key' parts becoming expensive and obsolete
With the design registration for JA keys having expired 5 March 2000, and JB, JC, JD & JE on 17 October 2004, and with members continuing to supply very mature product in lieu of upgrading to Association products within design registration timelines, the decision has been made to rationalize the range of J series barrels available to members. JA, JB, JC, JD, JE & JM barrels will only be available in 570, 530, 201 and 8221 formats. JM barrels will continue to be available in 001, 570HB, 8474, 670, 7115 and 8218 types. In addition, ASSA ABLOY will manufacture 9555-1, 9555-2 and 9555-3 barrels only on JM profile. Key blanks will continue to be available in all profiles. This change will take some time to filter through with distributors holding good quantities of barrels, however all barrels are made to order, so production of the specific barrels being phased out will cease at the end of December 2013. All complete cylinders, including 9555 series, are to be discontinued. As these parts are now manufactured in smaller quantities, costs will rise significantly.