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Davis & Shirtliff Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Davis & Shirtliff, the main water and vitality gear supplier in East Africa is celebrating its seventy fifth Anniversary, a major milestone in its company historical past. This is a most uncommon achievement for any organisation, though especially one which has the identical household shareholding and basically the same market focus since its founding. There are few corporations anyplace with this declare and D&S is due to this fact extraordinarily happy with the achievement with various occasions being held in celebration.
The firm was based in 1946 by ex-soldiers Eddie Davis and Dick Shirtliff after leaving the army, initially being based mostly at Westlands, in Nairobi, their neighbour being Westlands Motors that rose to prominence with the Toyota franchise.
It grew quickly as the country recovered after the war specializing in boreholes, water provides and the coffee industry. One notable early project included the water provide for Karen Estates, the whole preliminary water provide infrastructure being put in by the corporate in addition to for many different of the residential estates that had been developed at that time.
D&S grew with the country and in the mid-1950s the base was moved to new larger premises at this time Dundori Rd location in the industrial space. An added activity was swimming pools, both residential and industrial 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 partner Dick Shirtliff retired and after a period with one other companion, Devji Shingadia, the Davis household, then represented by Eddie’s son Alec assumed management. The 70’s and 80’s noticed slow but regular growth because the country grappled with various economic and political challenges, although there was a selected give consideration to building the pump business for which the company is so well known, notably through illustration of the Danish manufacturer Grundfos.
1993 was a significant 12 months for each Kenya and D&S because of financial liberalisation which was the catalyst for the company’s rapid development since. It was also the yr that Pedrollo pumps from Italy had been first launched, now the Group’s largest provider. ที่วัดแรงดัน enabled a distribution strategy to be developed as provide constraints have been eliminated and the department 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 activities at the Coast although the merger with companion Butech. The pump business grew hugely with Pedrollo and the now well-established Solar and Power Generation actions were then added.
Since the Millennium progress has tremendously accelerated, income rising many times to KShs10 Billion today. Major initiatives have included an entire redevelopment of the Dundori Rd web site with enlargement into adjacent plots, the opening of subsidiaries and affiliate firms in Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and DRC, considerable development of the department community, introduction of the profitable Dayliff range of own-brand merchandise and an enormous growth of the product range with Solar being particularly successful as the corporate developed its focus on renewable energy. More lately a significant development has been institution of a massive 10,000m2 Distribution Centre at Tatu City that provides the resource for increased stockholding and has transformed distribution effectivity throughout the region, this facility being accomplished in 2020. Staffing has additionally grown correspondingly, the Group now using over a thousand committed employees working from over 70 places.
It is often said that success is transitory and generally unsustainable, though D&S has managed to maintain unbroken development for an distinctive time frame. This has been achieved by business focus, manageable ambition, steady bodily and organisational funding and, importantly, dwelling 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 in the area and is proud of the contribution it has made, summarised by its slogan ‘Improving Lives’ which is demonstrated each by the important nature of its activities and also by an lively programme of community help 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 numerous ongoing initiatives and great plans for the future. Ably led by CEO David Gatende and supported by dedicated and dedicated executives and employees driving this development, the company is fortunate 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 selected give attention to digital enterprise and appears ahead to maintain serving the area with important merchandise that actually Improve Lives and in addition to demonstrate that an indigenous African firm can compete internationally and be a world-class organisation.
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