PTL specialises in designing and manufacturing innovative chocolate and bar machinery.

A fresh approach to chocolate and bar machinery

PTL was founded with a clear objective: to create high-quality machinery focused on simplifying operations and improving efficiency. We collaborate with our customers to ensure that our chocolate and bar machinery meets their needs.


An opportunity realised through hands-on experience

Jim and Mary Halliday founded PTL in 1988. Prior to forming PTL Jim worked as the chief engineer in a chocolate factory, designing and maintaining chocolate machinery. It was from this hands-on experience, in both machinery design and chocolate processing, that Jim saw an opportunity in the market.


Creating innovative machinery, together

PTL works closely with its customers and since day one our focus has  been on our customers. When our customers tell us what they need, we listen. Our machinery is easy to operate and maintain, with fast and simple cleaning and changeovers. With an inherent drive to innovate, we specialise in evolving designs and technology.


A long-term partnership

Our objective is to work closely with our customers, deliver effective solutions and build long-term partnerships. We promise a personal approach where you deal directly with the people at the heart of the business.




We'd like to introduce you to our leadership team - dedicated to working closely with our customers and creating long-lasting partnerships.

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Jim is the founder and Chairman of PTL. Jim studied and trained in Scotland and has more than 40 years of direct experience in the food industry.


In 1982 Jim moved to New Zealand, where he began working as the chief engineer for a local chocolate manufacturer. Jim was responsible for all engineering activities within the company, including building and maintaining its machinery. This experience exposed Jim to all aspects of the chocolate/confectionery manufacturing process. As a result, Jim founded PTL in 1988.


Jim remains involved in PTL's design and sales teams as a technical consultant, working on design concepts, approvals and quality control.


Jim is married with two sons and six grandchildren. When not working Jim enjoys time with family, music, travelling whenever possible, swimming, cycling and walking on the beach.

+64 9 972 0979

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Nick is the Managing Director at PTL, as well as the Director of North American business development.  He is a second-generation member of PTL's founding family.


Nick joined PTL in 2006 and his responsibilities include sales, marketing, business development and strategy.


With more than 15 years' experience in sales and customer service, his strategic approach to PTL's market development has resulted in steady growth and market expansion.


Nick is married with three sons. When not working Nick enjoys spending time with family, playing and watching sports, cooking and travelling.

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Mike is the Technical Director at PTL. Mike joined PTL in 1992 and is responsible for process design, technical client communication, automation functional design, technical sales and quotation scopes. Mike studied and trained in both New Zealand and England. Having worked for PTL for more than 22 years, Mike has vast knowledge of the confectionery and bar industries in terms of both the end-product manufacturing process and machinery design.


Mike's focus and key attributes are in the technical design of equipment and process systems and services, process system installations, project management and conceptual design.


When not working Mike enjoys fishing, diving and boating, and is involved in coaching his son's football team.

Mike also enjoys entertaining friends and family, walking and cycling.

+64 9 972 0973

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Tina joined the PTL team in 2012 and manages all aspects of the company accounting system, finances and reporting, including the day-to-day accounts payable and accounts receivable functions.


Prior to joining PTL Tina worked for a chartered accountant's office and before that she worked in various accounting roles, including working for Unilever and Allied Wiring.


Tina is married with three children who keep her very busy. In her spare time Tina enjoys spending time with her family and walking her chocolate Labrador, Zoe.

+64 9 972 0287

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Eddie has recently moved in to the Operations Manager role within PTL, having been with the company for a number of years.  He brings to the role a strong focus on strategy, efficiencies and communication.


Eddie has experience across a number of roles within the engineering sector - both in New Zealand and abroad - originally as a trade qualified Fitter/Welder, and more recently in a commercial and managerial capacity.


Eddie is married, and has a keen interest in all sports.  Outside of work he builds and races rally cars, and enjoys time spent with friends and family.

+64 22 638 4738


See some of our team in action below, working with our customers, creating innovative machinery, together.





At PTL our approach to collaborative design is about working together with our customers to design and deliver machinery and experiences that delight our users.

Our design approach begins with our customers and their needs and embraces fit-for-purpose functionality and aesthetics, along with innovative ideas and solutions. When we creatively integrate these and apply them to our customers' machinery, we get amazing results.

Our design team are experts in machinery and have extensive technical knowledge of bar and chocolate manufacturing trends. This, combined with our extensive experience and valuable long-term relationships with our customers, enables us to offer advice on and insight into how to design finished equipment and machinery solutions that fit their needs.


At PTL we believe the best results come from collaborative design. Together we can do amazing things.

We are often asked...




Well, almost 30 years ago the company was founded as Production Techniques Ltd, and while this name may still represent our offering it doesn't quite flow off the tongue as well as PTL. So we go by PTL, a name known and trusted by our customers for close to three decades.

=  Production Techniques Ltd