Phillips and Smith Limited (PSL) is a privately owned fourth generation New Zealand company. The business was started in New Zealand in 1913 however the history of the firm goes back many years prior, to northern London, where on leasehold land from the Marquis of Northampton they manufactured equipment for the brewing industry. For many years the business flourished until the drift of industry north to Birmingham and elsewhere overwhelmed many small companies. A member of the Phillips family decided to travel out to Australia and New Zealand to investigate the possibility of establishing a business in the colonies. Conditions appeared favourable, so in the early part of last century the family migrated and settled in Auckland.