Davis & Shirtliff Celebrates its seventy fifth Anniversary

Davis & Shirtliff, the leading water and vitality gear supplier in East Africa is celebrating its seventy fifth Anniversary, a significant milestone in its company historical past. This is a most uncommon achievement for any organisation, though especially one which has the same household shareholding and basically the identical market focus since its founding. There are few firms wherever with this claim and D&S is due to this fact extremely happy with 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 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 company as nicely as for many different of the residential estates that have been developed at the moment.
D&S grew with the nation and within the mid-1950s the base was moved to new larger premises at the present Dundori Rd location in the industrial area. An added exercise was swimming pools, both residential and business and heaps of were built which are nonetheless in use right now. Water Treatment was another diversification, most 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 partner, Devji Shingadia, the Davis family, then represented by Eddie’s son Alec assumed control. The 70’s and 80’s noticed slow but regular growth because the nation grappled with varied economic and political challenges, although there was a particular concentrate on constructing the pump enterprise for which the corporate is so well-known, notably through representation of the Danish manufacturer Grundfos.
1993 was a significant yr for both Kenya and D&S as a outcome of economic liberalisation which was the catalyst for the company’s fast development since. It was additionally the year 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 have 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 soon followed by establishing actions on 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 had been then added.
Since the Millennium growth has greatly accelerated, revenue rising many times to KShs10 Billion today. Major initiatives have included a whole redevelopment of the Dundori Rd website with growth into adjoining plots, the opening of subsidiaries and associate companies in Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and DRC, appreciable development of the branch community, introduction of the profitable Dayliff vary of own-brand merchandise and a huge enlargement of the product range with Solar being especially successful as the corporate developed its focus on renewable power. Discount has been institution of a massive 10,000m2 Distribution Centre at Tatu City that provides the resource for increased stockholding and has remodeled distribution effectivity all through the region, this facility being completed in 2020. Staffing has additionally grown correspondingly, the Group now using over one thousand committed staff working from over 70 areas.
It is commonly said that success is transitory and generally unsustainable, though D&S has managed to maintain unbroken growth for an distinctive time frame. This has been achieved by industrial focus, manageable ambition, continuous physical and organisational funding and, importantly, residing the values established by the founders of Quality, Integrity and ‘Altiora Peto’, which interprets to embracing steady 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 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 1000’s of people having benefited.
Of course, the 75-year milestone is just a second in a steady journey and the Group continues to grow with a quantity of ongoing initiatives and nice plans for the long run. Ably led by CEO David Gatende and supported by dedicated and dedicated executives and employees driving this growth, 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 expand in product and markets with a selected concentrate on digital business and looks ahead to keep serving the area with essential products that definitely Improve Lives and likewise to show that an indigenous African firm can compete internationally and be a world-class organisation.
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