Emil Heimgartner a trained production engineer emigrated from Switzerland to New Zealand in 1950. He arrived at a time in New Zealands history when production engineering was in its infancy.
Established as Gartner Engineering Ltd, Emil provided manufacturing services from a property in Princess St, Onehunga.
An increasing design aware public saw rapid industrial growth in the late 1960’s. Gartner products stood out for their reliable quality and highly competitive pricing, all as a result of the Swiss’ principles of attention to design, detail and productivity.