About PDL

About PDL

A Legacy of Innovation and Excellence

History of PDL

Plastic & Die Casting Ltd was founded in 1937 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The business was purchased by Bob Stewart in 1957 and renamed PDL Industries Ltd. It was Sir Robertson Stewart’s vision and energy that saw PDL grow and thrive in the suceeding decades. 

Within 60 years, the business grew from 12 staff and sales of NZD5000 per annum to 2000 staff and NZD350m sales across 3 continents. This success was founded strongly on people and product. 

Combining a ‘can do’ attitude with pioneering innovation and excellence of quality in electrical products was a winning formula nearly 70 years ago, and it remains so today.

Old photo of the Plastic & Die Casting Ltd company

The Global Company Behind the great PDL brand

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 100,000+ employees believe that access to energy is a basic human right. 

In 2001, Schneider Electric acquired PDL Holdings recognising its strengths and desiring to build on them. Today, Schneider Electric's commitment to New Zealand is a multi billion dollar investment with staff and factories around the world, and research and development centres in 25 countries.