The company was founded in 1967 by Werner Hempelmann and Reinold Dettmer in Bünde. At that time, the company was specialised in the development and manufacture of wood processing machines. After the move to Meppen in Lower Saxony, as early as in 1976, the founders began the development and production of special machines and machining centres for the metal processing industry. In the second half of the 1980s, Gerhard and Jürgen Hempelmann had the idea of producing machining centres in a completely new design: Thus, in 1993 the first vertical machining centres in a semi-portal design were introduced, which were intended for the precise machining of individual parts and small series in machine and vehicle engineering, as well as tool and mould making.
Since the mid-1990s, this traditional family business, known from then on as HEDELIUS Maschinenfabrik GmbH, has focused fully on the series production of genuine German CNC machining centres. Early on, in 2002, the innovative entrepreneurs recognised the benefits of 5-axis machining and, by the end of the year, introduced the first RotaSwing® 5-axis machining centre series. Today, the machine programme includes three, four and five-axis high-performance machines.