Achille Hamon, great grand-uncle of the current Group CEO, and his brother, Fernand, his great grandfather, were both from Brittany in France. Both were engineers and they owned a company that worked and assembled projects in wood. In 1904, Achille created a company in France, and in 1906, Fernand did the same in Belgium. Both companies produced the cooling towers required for the new industrial processes. As it turned out, this was perfect timing as the industrial revolution needed ways to treat the water that came from the mines, the steel works, and the new electric power stations.