Davis & Shirtliff Celebrates its seventy fifth Anniversary

Davis & Shirtliff, the leading water and energy gear provider in East Africa is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, a major milestone in its corporate history. This is a most uncommon achievement for any organisation, though particularly one which has the same family shareholding and essentially the same market focus since its founding. There are few corporations wherever with this declare and D&S is due to this fact extraordinarily pleased with the achievement with numerous occasions being held in celebration.
The firm was founded in 1946 by ex-soldiers Eddie Davis and Dick Shirtliff after leaving the army, initially being primarily based 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 warfare focusing on boreholes, water provides and the espresso trade. One notable early venture included the water supply for Karen Estates, the entire initial water supply infrastructure being installed by the company in addition to for so much of different of the residential estates that have been developed at the moment.
D&S grew with the country and within the mid-1950s the bottom was moved to new larger premises at the present Dundori Rd location within the industrial space. An added activity was swimming swimming pools, each residential and commercial and many were built which may be still in use at present. Water Treatment was one other diversification, most of the KenGen Tana River stations having D&S designed and constructed gear.
In 1970 companion Dick Shirtliff retired and after a period with one other companion, Devji Shingadia, the Davis family, then represented by Eddie’s son Alec assumed management. The 70’s and 80’s noticed gradual but steady progress as the country grappled with numerous financial and political challenges, though there was a specific concentrate on building the pump business for which the corporate is so well-known, notably via representation of the Danish manufacturer Grundfos.
1993 was a significant year for both Kenya and D&S as a end result of economic liberalisation which was the catalyst for the company’s rapid development since. Nothing to it was additionally the yr that Pedrollo pumps from Italy had been first introduced, now the Group’s largest provider. These two developments enabled a distribution technique to be developed as provide constraints were removed and the department community was then established, initially with Kenya branches being opened in Westlands, Eldoret and Kisumu and subsidiaries in Uganda and Tanzania soon adopted by establishing actions at the Coast although the merger with partner Butech. The pump enterprise grew hugely with Pedrollo and the now well-established Solar and Power Generation activities were then added.
Since the Millennium development has tremendously accelerated, revenue growing many occasions to KShs10 Billion at present. Major initiatives have included a whole redevelopment of the Dundori Rd website with expansion into adjacent plots, the opening of subsidiaries and associate firms in Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and DRC, considerable development of the department network, introduction of the profitable Dayliff range of own-brand products and a huge expansion of the product vary with Solar being especially successful as the corporate developed its concentrate on renewable power. More lately a major improvement has been establishment of a large 10,000m2 Distribution Centre at Tatu City that provides the resource for increased stockholding and has remodeled distribution effectivity all through the area, this facility being completed in 2020. Staffing has also grown correspondingly, the Group now using over one thousand dedicated workers working from over 70 locations.
It is often mentioned that success is transitory and sometimes unsustainable, though D&S has managed to take care of unbroken development for an distinctive time frame. This has been achieved by commercial focus, manageable ambition, steady bodily and organisational investment and, importantly, living the values established by the founders of Quality, Integrity and ‘Altiora Peto’, which translates to embracing continuous change. D&S is now a extensively recognised firm in 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 also by an energetic programme of group support that focuses on offering water to underprivileged communities, many thousands of people having benefited.
Of course, the 75-year milestone is just a moment in a steady journey and the Group continues to grow with numerous ongoing initiatives and great plans for the longer term. Ably led by CEO David Gatende and supported by devoted and committed executives and staff driving this development, the company is fortunate that the third technology of Davis’s, Edward and Henry, have joined the business so continuity is assured. The Group continues to increase in product and markets with a specific give attention to digital business and appears forward to keep serving the region with essential products that actually Improve Lives and in addition to demonstrate that an indigenous African company can compete internationally and be a world-class organisation.
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