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Davis & Shirtliff Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Davis & Shirtliff, the main water and vitality gear provider in East Africa is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, a serious milestone in its corporate history. This is a most unusual achievement for any organisation, although particularly one which has the identical family shareholding and primarily the same market focus since its founding. There are few firms anyplace with this claim and D&S is due to this fact extremely proud of the achievement with numerous occasions being held in celebration.
The company was founded in 1946 by ex-soldiers Eddie Davis and Dick Shirtliff after leaving the military, initially being based at Westlands, in Nairobi, their neighbour being Westlands Motors that rose to prominence with the Toyota franchise.
It grew rapidly because the country recovered after the war specializing in boreholes, water provides and the coffee industry. One notable early challenge included the water provide for Karen Estates, the complete preliminary water supply infrastructure being installed by the company as nicely as for many different of the residential estates that were developed at the moment.
D&S grew with the nation and in the mid-1950s the base was moved to new larger premises at this time Dundori Rd location in the industrial area. An added activity was swimming pools, each residential and commercial and lots of have been constructed which are still in use right now. Water Treatment was another diversification, lots of the KenGen Tana River stations having D&S designed and built gear.
In 1970 associate Dick Shirtliff retired and after a interval with another associate, Devji Shingadia, the Davis family, then represented by Eddie’s son Alec assumed management. The 70’s and 80’s saw gradual but steady progress as the nation grappled with various financial and political challenges, though there was a selected give attention to building the pump enterprise for which the corporate is so well known, notably by way of illustration of the Danish manufacturer Grundfos.
1993 was a major yr for each Kenya and D&S as a end result of financial liberalisation which was the catalyst for the company’s rapid progress since. It was additionally the yr that Pedrollo pumps from Italy had been first launched, now the Group’s largest provider. These two developments enabled a distribution strategy to be developed as provide constraints had been removed and the branch network was then established, initially with Kenya branches being opened in Westlands, Eldoret and Kisumu and subsidiaries in Uganda and Tanzania quickly adopted by establishing actions at the Coast though the merger with associate Butech. The pump enterprise grew vastly with Pedrollo and the now well-established Solar and Power Generation actions were then added.
Since the Millennium development has greatly accelerated, income increasing many times to KShs10 Billion today. Major initiatives have included an entire redevelopment of the Dundori Rd web site with growth into adjoining plots, the opening of subsidiaries and affiliate corporations in Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and DRC, considerable development of the branch network, introduction of the profitable Dayliff vary of own-brand merchandise and an enormous expansion of the product vary with Solar being particularly successful as the company developed its give attention to renewable energy. More recently a major improvement has been institution of an enormous 10,000m2 Distribution Centre at Tatu City that gives the useful resource for increased stockholding and has transformed distribution effectivity throughout the area, this facility being completed in 2020. Staffing has additionally grown correspondingly, the Group now using over 1000 committed workers working from over 70 locations.
It is often stated that success is transitory and sometimes unsustainable, though D&S has managed to maintain unbroken development for an exceptional time period. This has been achieved by commercial focus, manageable ambition, continuous bodily and organisational investment and, importantly, dwelling the values established by the founders of Quality, Integrity and ‘Altiora Peto’, which translates to embracing continuous change. เกจแรงดันน้ำ &S is now a broadly recognised company within the region and is happy with the contribution it has made, summarised by its slogan ‘Improving Lives’ which is demonstrated both by the important nature of its activities and in addition by an active programme of community assist that focuses on offering water to underprivileged communities, many hundreds of people having benefited.
Of course, the 75-year milestone is only a moment in a steady journey and the Group continues to develop with numerous ongoing initiatives and nice plans for the longer term. Ably led by CEO David Gatende and supported by devoted and committed executives and employees driving this progress, the company is fortunate that the third era of Davis’s, Edward and Henry, have joined the enterprise so continuity is assured. The Group continues to increase in product and markets with a particular concentrate on digital enterprise and looks forward to maintain serving the region with important merchandise that actually Improve Lives and also to reveal that an indigenous African company can compete internationally and be a world-class organisation.
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