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Headquarters Switzerland
Founded 1862
Founder(s) Franz Bauer
Padlocks, Lock cylinders, Electronic locks

KABA (Kassenbauer) is a Swiss lock manufacturer that produces medium and high security padlocks , lock cylinders, and electronic locks. KABA is one of the most well-known high-security lock manufacturers around the world. They are best known for their multi-bitted dimple lock designs and the KABA X-07 and KABA X-09 electronic safe locks.

KABA owns various smaller organizations, namely KABA Mas, KABA Ilco, and La Gard.


KABA (then known as Bauer AG) was founded in 1862 by locksmith Franz Bauer of Zurich, Switzerland. The company produced cash machines and offered locksmithing services. In 1915 Bauer AG was purchased by Leo Bodmer. In 1934, their first locking cylinder was patented, named 'Kassenbauer'. Kassenbauer translates to "Cash Bauer", a tribute to the founder of the company. The name of this lock was shortened to KABA. Locks from then on often had the KABA name included, but it wasn't until 1995 that Bauer Holding AG was renamed to Kaba Holding AG.[1] Since the renaming of the company, all child companies now include the KABA name.

Kaba Group bought Unican Security Systems in December 2000, including the key manufacturer ILCO.

On September 1, 2015, the Kaba Group merged with the Dorma Group, a German manufacturer of door hardware, and was renamed the dorma+kaba Group.

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