FROM THE HILLS
OF REMSCHEID
TO THE COAST
OF PORTUGAL
A JOURNEY
SPANNING FIVE
GENERATIONS

These are wonderful times for
young businesses, thanks above
all to the willingness of investors
to take risks and provide cash
funding. Of course, it’s anyone’s
guess which start-ups will flicker
briefly and then die and which
will make it to the finish line.
In our own case, we’ve been
around for quite a while now.
We’ve had our own share of
troubles and disappointments,
but we never lost hope that bet-
ter times were just around the
corner. And indeed, those better
times came along and opened
up new horizons. We now make
our products very successfully in
Portugal and are continuing to
expand. True to our roots, how-
ever, the company’s head office
is still very close to our original
factory. We remain “Bergische”,
but with a global outlook.

Johann Ludwig
Alfred Härtel
Erich Härtel
Alfred Härtel Junior
Hartwig Härtel
Nina Härtel
Johann Ludwig
Alfred Härtel
Erich Härtel
Alfred Härtel Junior