Davis & Shirtliff, the main water and power equipment provider in East Africa is celebrating its seventy fifth Anniversary, a major milestone in its company history. This is a most unusual achievement for any organisation, although especially one that has the same household shareholding and primarily the same market focus since its founding. There are few corporations anyplace with this declare and D&S is therefore extremely proud of the achievement with varied occasions being held in celebration.
The company was based in 1946 by ex-soldiers Eddie Davis and Dick Shirtliff after leaving the army, initially being based at Westlands, in Nairobi, their neighbour being Westlands Motors that rose to prominence with the Toyota franchise.
It grew rapidly as the nation recovered after the warfare specializing in boreholes, water supplies and the espresso trade. One notable early project included the water supply for Karen Estates, the entire initial water provide infrastructure being installed by the corporate in addition to for many other of the residential estates that were developed at that time.
D&S grew with the country and within the mid-1950s the bottom was moved to new bigger premises at this time Dundori Rd location in the industrial area. An added activity was swimming pools, both residential and business and heaps of were constructed that are still in use today. Water Treatment was another diversification, lots of the KenGen Tana River stations having D&S designed and built gear.
In 1970 companion Dick Shirtliff retired and after a interval with another partner, Devji Shingadia, the Davis household, then represented by Eddie’s son Alec assumed control. The 70’s and 80’s saw gradual but regular development because the nation grappled with varied economic and political challenges, though there was a particular focus on constructing the pump enterprise for which the corporate is so well known, notably by way of representation of the Danish manufacturer Grundfos.
1993 was a big 12 months for both Kenya and D&S as a result of economic liberalisation which was the catalyst for the company’s rapid development since. It was additionally the 12 months that Pedrollo pumps from Italy were first introduced, now the Group’s largest supplier. These two developments enabled a distribution technique to be developed as provide constraints were removed and the department network was then established, initially with Kenya branches being opened in Westlands, Eldoret and Kisumu and subsidiaries in Uganda and Tanzania soon followed by establishing actions at the Coast although the merger with partner Butech. ตัววัดแรงดันน้ำ grew hugely with Pedrollo and the now well-established Solar and Power Generation actions were then added.
Since the Millennium growth has greatly accelerated, revenue rising many instances to KShs10 Billion right now. Major initiatives have included a whole 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, appreciable development of the branch community, introduction of the successful Dayliff vary of own-brand merchandise and an enormous growth of the product vary with Solar being particularly profitable as the corporate developed its focus on renewable energy. More recently a major growth has been institution of a massive 10,000m2 Distribution Centre at Tatu City that gives the resource for elevated stockholding and has transformed distribution effectivity all through the area, this facility being accomplished in 2020. Staffing has additionally grown correspondingly, the Group now using over a thousand dedicated workers working from over 70 areas.
It is often mentioned that success is transitory and typically unsustainable, although D&S has managed to maintain unbroken development for an exceptional period of time. This has been achieved by business focus, manageable ambition, steady bodily and organisational investment and, importantly, residing the values established by the founders of Quality, Integrity and ‘Altiora Peto’, which interprets to embracing continuous change. D&S is now a widely recognised firm within the region and is proud of the contribution it has made, summarised by its slogan ‘Improving Lives’ which is demonstrated each by the necessary nature of its activities and likewise by an energetic programme of group support that focuses on offering water to underprivileged communities, many thousands of individuals having benefited.
Of course, the 75-year milestone is only a moment in a continuous journey and the Group continues to develop with a variety of ongoing initiatives and nice plans for the longer term. Ably led by CEO David Gatende and supported by dedicated and committed executives and employees driving this development, the corporate is lucky that the third generation of Davis’s, Edward and Henry, have joined the enterprise so continuity is assured. The Group continues to expand in product and markets with a specific focus on digital business and looks forward to maintain serving the area with important merchandise that definitely Improve Lives and in addition to show that an indigenous African firm can compete internationally and be a world-class organisation.