The company was founded in 1886 by John Heine, an engineer who migrated from England. He built up a manufacturing company that gradually specialised in power presses and forming dies. It was the first company to make automatic can making machinery in Australia, commencing around 1890.
The company quickly forged a reputation as Australia's foremost machinery manufacturer and over the years has produced tens of thousands of machines for Australian industry, as a visit today to almost any factory in Australia will reveal. The range included metal stamping presses from 2 to 350 tonnes capacity, general sheet metal working machinery and can making machinery including 2 and 3 piece body makers, end presses and seamers. Such is the strength and quality of these machines that most are still in service today.