Davis & Shirtliff Celebrates its seventy fifth Anniversary

Davis & Shirtliff, the leading water and energy tools provider in East Africa is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, a significant milestone in its company history. This is a most uncommon achievement for any organisation, though especially one which has the same family shareholding and essentially the same market focus since its founding. There are few companies anyplace with this claim and D&S is subsequently 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 military, initially being based at Westlands, in Nairobi, their neighbour being Westlands Motors that rose to prominence with the Toyota franchise.
Lifetime grew rapidly as the nation recovered after the struggle specializing in boreholes, water provides and the coffee industry. One notable early venture included the water supply for Karen Estates, the complete preliminary water supply infrastructure being installed by the company as properly as for many other of the residential estates that have been developed at that time.
D&S grew with the nation and in the mid-1950s the base was moved to new bigger premises at the moment Dundori Rd location in the industrial area. An added exercise was swimming pools, each residential and commercial and heaps of were constructed which are still in use today. Water Treatment was another diversification, many of the KenGen Tana River stations having D&S designed and built tools.
In 1970 partner Dick Shirtliff retired and after a period with one other associate, Devji Shingadia, the Davis household, then represented by Eddie’s son Alec assumed control. The 70’s and 80’s saw gradual however steady progress because the nation grappled with varied financial and political challenges, although there was a particular concentrate on building the pump enterprise for which the corporate is so well known, notably through representation of the Danish manufacturer Grundfos.
1993 was a major year for each Kenya and D&S due to economic liberalisation which was the catalyst for the company’s fast growth since. It was also the year that Pedrollo pumps from Italy had been first launched, now the Group’s largest supplier. These two developments enabled a distribution technique to be developed as provide constraints have been 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 activities on the Coast although the merger with partner Butech. The pump enterprise grew hugely with Pedrollo and the now well-established Solar and Power Generation actions had been then added.
Since the Millennium progress has significantly accelerated, revenue growing many instances to KShs10 Billion at present. Now have included a whole redevelopment of the Dundori Rd website with growth into adjacent plots, the opening of subsidiaries and affiliate firms in Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and DRC, considerable progress of the branch community, introduction of the successful Dayliff vary of own-brand merchandise and an enormous expansion of the product range with Solar being particularly profitable as the company developed its concentrate on renewable power. More recently 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 reworked distribution efficiency throughout the region, this facility being completed in 2020. Staffing has additionally grown correspondingly, the Group now employing over a thousand dedicated staff operating from over 70 areas.
It is often said that success is transitory and sometimes unsustainable, although D&S has managed to keep up unbroken development for an exceptional time frame. This has been achieved by commercial focus, manageable ambition, continuous bodily and organisational funding 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 extensively recognised firm within the area and is happy with the contribution it has made, summarised by its slogan ‘Improving Lives’ which is demonstrated each by the essential nature of its actions and in addition by an energetic programme of neighborhood help that focuses on providing water to underprivileged communities, many 1000’s of people having benefited.
Of course, the 75-year milestone is just a second in a continuous journey and the Group continues to develop with a quantity of ongoing initiatives and great plans for the future. Ably led by CEO David Gatende and supported by dedicated and dedicated executives and workers driving this growth, the company is lucky that the third era of Davis’s, Edward and Henry, have joined the enterprise so continuity is assured. The Group continues to broaden in product and markets with a specific give attention to digital business and appears forward to maintain serving the area with essential merchandise that definitely Improve Lives and also to reveal that an indigenous African company can compete internationally and be a world-class organisation.
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