Dieter Ramsauer celebrated his eightieth birthday in 2019. After the end of the second world war, one of his favorite pastimes was playing in the scrap piles in Velbert and surrounding areas. He assembled and disassembled the objects he found there and developed an understanding of how things work very early in life. When he was just 6 years old, he made the bicycle he wanted so much from parts he had found in the scrap piles. Many years and many patents later, in 1991 he founded the Dieter Ramsauer Konstruktionselemente GmbH (DIRAK).
This decision gave rise to DIRAK, a company with worldwide operations and roughly 600 employees today, featuring about 4500 catalog items in latching, hinge and fastening technology in addition to holding numerous patents.