Davis & Shirtliff Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

เพรสเชอร์เกจ & Shirtliff, the leading water and vitality gear supplier in East Africa is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, a major milestone in its corporate history. This is a most unusual achievement for any organisation, though especially one that has the identical household shareholding and basically the same market focus since its founding. There are few companies anywhere with this declare and D&S is due to this fact extraordinarily pleased with the achievement with numerous 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 mostly at Westlands, in Nairobi, their neighbour being Westlands Motors that rose to prominence with the Toyota franchise.
เพรสเชอร์เกจ grew rapidly as the nation recovered after the war specializing in boreholes, water supplies and the coffee trade. One notable early project included the water supply for Karen Estates, the entire preliminary water provide infrastructure being put in by the corporate as nicely as for many other of the residential estates that have been developed at that time.
D&S grew with the nation and within the mid-1950s the base was moved to new bigger premises at the moment Dundori Rd location in the industrial space. An added exercise was swimming pools, both residential and commercial and plenty of had been built that are still in use right now. Water Treatment was one other diversification, many of the KenGen Tana River stations having D&S designed and built tools.
In 1970 associate Dick Shirtliff retired and after a period with one other associate, Devji Shingadia, the Davis family, then represented by Eddie’s son Alec assumed management. The 70’s and 80’s noticed gradual but regular growth because the country grappled with varied financial and political challenges, although there was a specific focus on constructing the pump enterprise for which the corporate is so well-known, notably via illustration of the Danish producer Grundfos.
1993 was a major 12 months for both Kenya and D&S due to financial liberalisation which was the catalyst for the company’s speedy growth since. It was additionally 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 were eliminated and the department community was then established, initially with Kenya branches being opened in Westlands, Eldoret and Kisumu and subsidiaries in Uganda and Tanzania quickly adopted by establishing actions on the Coast though the merger with partner Butech. The pump business grew massively 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 occasions to KShs10 Billion at present. Major initiatives have included a whole redevelopment of the Dundori Rd website with enlargement into adjacent plots, the opening of subsidiaries and associate companies in Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and DRC, considerable growth of the branch network, introduction of the profitable Dayliff vary of own-brand merchandise and an enormous expansion of the product vary with Solar being especially successful as the corporate developed its concentrate on renewable energy. More just lately a significant improvement has been establishment of an enormous 10,000m2 Distribution Centre at Tatu City that gives the useful resource for elevated stockholding and has reworked distribution effectivity throughout the area, this facility being accomplished in 2020. เพรสเชอร์เกจ has additionally grown correspondingly, the Group now employing over a thousand committed staff working from over 70 areas.
It is often mentioned that success is transitory and generally unsustainable, though D&S has managed to maintain unbroken progress for an distinctive time frame. This has been achieved by commercial focus, manageable ambition, continuous physical and organisational investment 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 company within the area and is proud of 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 active programme of group support that focuses on providing water to underprivileged communities, many hundreds of people having benefited.
Of course, the 75-year milestone is just a moment in a continuous journey and the Group continues to grow with a selection of ongoing initiatives and nice plans for the future. Ably led by CEO David Gatende and supported by dedicated and committed executives and employees driving this growth, the corporate 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 concentrate on digital enterprise and looks ahead to keep serving the area with important merchandise that certainly Improve Lives and likewise to show that an indigenous African company can compete internationally and be a world-class organisation.

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