“If anyone had told my father during the first few years of his business career that his company would have operations abroad, he would probably have laughed incredulously”, are words found in the memoirs of Carl Haver jun. (1884 – 1976), written by company founder Carl Haver’s son in the 1960s. Haver senior and his cousin, Eduard Boecker, founded their company, Haver & Boecker, in Märkisch county’s Hohenlimburg, then the centre of German wire drawing and weaving, on August 25, 1887. Their initial output consisted of wire gauze for miners’ lamps. A subsequent successful product took the form of closures for cement bags.