Davis and Shirtliff celebrated 70 years of existence on May 13, 2016 at its headquarters in Nairobi. The event aimed at giving an opportunity for the company to showcase its products to customers as well as grow its regional presence. During the celebrations, it launched a multi-million shilling new four-storey office block that incorporates a training centre as well as two floors of office space.

Davis and Shirtliff celebrated 70 years of existence on May 13, 2016 at its headquarters in Nairobi. The event aimed at giving an opportunity for the company to showcase its products to customers as well as grow its regional presence. During the celebrations, it launched a multi-million shilling new four-storey office block that incorporates a training centre as well as two floors of office space.

Davis and Shirtliff outgoing CEO (moving to become Chairman), Alec Davis said, “One of the secrets to our success is that the management team has been here for over 15years. The reason we’re successful is because we’re modern and live according to the principles of our founders.”

He also disclosed that they are considering entry into the Democratic Republic of Congo market in the near future as part of its expansion plans in the central Africa region. DRC is an important option as it neighbor Zambia, which is a key market for the firm.

David Gatende, the firm’s deputy Chief Executive is expected to take over as Chief Executive Officer.

“Reaching 70 years is a significant achievement; and Davis and Shirtliff has through the years been the leading player in the industry. Few companies have such a long history of growth and success,” said Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary General Abbas Gullet, who was the chief guest at the celebrations.

The leader in water and energy equipment supplier held an open day too which saw the staff walk from Mpaka road, Westlands where the founders housed their first offices to their current offices at Dundori Road, Enterprise road. The growth of the firm has been attributed to a well liberalized economy that has made it easier for them to open new business segments and major in various products range both in water and energy.

Davis and Shirtliff was founded in 1946 and has grown from a hydraulic engineering company to a water and energy business with about 600 staff, a turnover of KES7billion and 48 branches. It specializes in water pumps, boreholes, water treatment, power generation, solar energy and swimming pools.


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