Nestor Martin was born at Saint-Hubert, the son of a manufacturer of copper devotional aids. In 1849, he set up his own copper foundry in Huy, and then moved it to Vrigne-au-Bois in the French Ardennes, where he married and had his first child, Arthur. The family returned to Huy in 1854 and he set up an iron and copper foundry which manufactured heating and cooking stoves. The business grew rapidly, and was soon exporting so much of its production that Martin set up daughter factories in Argentina, Canada and China, as well as in Saint-Hubert and Molenbeek-St-Jean (Brussels), and at Neuves-Forges and Revin in France. He introduced enamelled stoves in 1872, which quickly became a best-seller. He was a generous benefactor of Saint-Hubert. After his death, his company was taken over by his son Arthur (1852-1924) and then Arthur’s son Arthur II (1883-1979). It is still one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heating stoves.