On the 17th of October 1955, Mr Wim de Raaij and Joop Datema signed the Articles of Incorporation for their new company, thereby declaring the “existentium defacto” of Ingenieursbureau De Raaij en Datema indeed a fact!
In the early days, De Raaij was the man who started business enthusiastically and worked inventively and pragmatically. His power was acting firmly and efficiently. No nonsense; just do it. His associate Datema, on the other hand, was a more conservative man whose administrative talents complemented the commercial savvy of De Raaij. At the foundation of the company it was already clear that the foreign market would play a very important role – not so much as a trading area, but more so as a source of materials. That is why the ambitious, hardworking team soon broadened their horizon. Driven by customers demands De Raaij packed his bags and looked around – and succeeded! Germany, in particular, had excellent business partnerships. The company Herion was the first of which the Dutch engineering company obtained the exclusive import rights for components. At first only for pneumatic valves and process valves.