At the end of 1993 Mr. C.G. den Haan. resigned as director. His nephew, Mario den Haan took over his company shares. Two months later, Mario’s father, Mr. M. den Haan, company advisor, resigned as well. The holding and company management where sold to Mario den Haan and he gained full ownership of Metaalwarenfabriek Den Haan Rotterdam. But buying out his uncle and father did not mean the funding was dried up. And in 1994 a €200K CNC hydraulic deep drawer was installed in the press shop.
Since 1992 DHR was negotiating with the German company BJB, Brökelmann Jaeger Busse to take over the production of the 20”’ Ideal-kerosene burner. BJB, founded in 1884, manufacturer of this burner, had decided to seize production. DHR, as their largest customer, was offered the complete production line including machinery in 1994. For a sum of €50.000 DHR bought the production line and became owner of 30 eccentric presses and a series of specially designed machinery. The knowledge and knowhow was transferred on a VHS video. BJB sold all the machinery for their other burners.
In 1993 DHR, requested by their customers, took over production of the “Burtone” air horns. After 1½ years of research DHR re-launched this signalling device for ships on the market. TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Sciences, approved the Burtone horn even for the strict German rules. And the market was now assured of a trusted supplier. The first year showed encouraging sales figures and turned out to grow year after year.
The Norwegian Glamox, producer of interior lighting for seagoing vessels contacted DHR to collaborate and be able to offer a complete package of lighting in the United States of America and Canada. Unfortunately Glamox decided to take over our German competitor Aqua-Signal and the collaboration ended.